Friday, July 18, 2008

The Law of the Garbage Truck

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 breaks, 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 disappointment.

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. Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so..... ‘Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don‘t.’

Thursday, July 17, 2008

25 Interesting, Yet Useless Facts

  1. The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.” uses every letter of the alphabet! (see, told ya)
  2. When glass breaks, the cracks move faster than 3,000 miles per hour. To photograph the event, a camera must shoot at a millionth of a second!
  3. Most lipstick contains fish scales! (eww)
  4. A car uses 1.6 ounces of gas idling for one minute. Half an ounce is used to start the average automobile!
  5. Cat urine glows under a black-light! (that explains why I got caught)
  6. Every day 20 banks are robbed. The average take is $2,500!
  7. Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone!
  8. It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!
  9. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is “uncopyrightable”!
  10. The two-foot long bird called a Kea that lives in New Zealand likes to eat the strips of rubber around car windows!
  11. Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people!
  12. It’s illegal to drink beer out of a bucket while you’re sitting on a curb in St. Louis!
  13. No piece of square dry paper can be folded more than 7 times in half!
  14. The Nobel Peace Prize medal depicts three naked men with their hands on each other’s shoulders! (gay?)
  15. A Boeing 747 airliner holds 57,285 gallons of fuel! (green?)
  16. One in every 4 Americans has appeared on television!
  17. If you counted 24 hours a day, it would take 31,688 years to reach one trillion!
  18. Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it’s known as Tennessee!
  19. The Earth weighs around 6,600,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons (5,940 billion billion metric tons)!
  20. It’s against the law to pawn your dentures in Las Vegas! (Trust me, I tried)
  21. Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete!
  22. The world’s termites outweigh the world’s humans 10 to 1!
  23. Hummingbirds can weigh less than a penny!
  24. The placement of a donkey’s eyes in its head enables it to see all four feet at all times! (and I can’t see my own feet)
  25. A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside! (and I think I saw one eating at McDonald’s the other day)

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Difficulties Help You Go Forward

Arrow goes forward only after pulling in to backward.
Bullet goes forward only after pressing the Trigger backward.

Such that.
Every human being will get happy only after facing the difficulties in their life path..
So don't be afraid to face your difficulties.
They will push you forward.

--Swami Vivekanand

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Five Lessons Of Life

These five short story highlights five important lessons of life

First Lesson - Everyone Deserver Attention


During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz.
I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one:

"What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"
Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name?

I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

"Absolutely," said the professor. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say "hello."

I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.



Second Lesson - Help Others In Need

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The man
took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered
to his home. A special note was attached..

It read:
"Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it
to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away... God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others."

Sincerely,
Mrs. Nat King Cole.



Third Lesson - Always remember those who serve.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. "How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.
"Fifty cents," replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled is hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.
"Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired.

By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.

"Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied. The little boy again counted his coins.
"I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies..

You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.


Fourth Lesson - Try To Solve Your Problem's Yourself

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping
the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much
pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand!

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.


Fifth - Giving When it Counts

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will save her." As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away".

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

..................
"Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like you do when nobody's watching."

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