Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Nicest Emails(part 1) - The Law of Garbage Truck!

That I have learnt many things from my maternal aunts would be an understatement, as my whole life is a sum total of their hard-work! Without them, I would have been just another boy roaming in the streets. All 3 of them - Jayashree, Rajshree  and Jyotsna are real-life Heroes! How they fought a narrow-minded society and established themselves as Professors and Engineer; on the way inspiring and helping many others is a story for another time.

Of the three of them, I have been closest to Raju Mausi (Rajshree). She often sends me inspirational mails and SMSes. Most of the mails that I see floating around the internet today were already mailed to me 4 years ago! One such mail I got from her was 'The Law of Garbage Truck!'

Here's how it goes-

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!' This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.'

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointments. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets. The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.

So my friends, life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, and hence - 
  1. Love the people who treat you right.
  2. Forgive the ones who don't.

Remember, "Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!"

Have a garbage-free day!

As they say, "Goodness is the only investment which never FAILS"

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