06/10/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Mother's Day and the Universal Law of the Garbage Truck

If my clientele is any indication, many of us have psychospiritual garbage around our mothers. A client sent this story to me via email. It seemed perfect for the aftermath of Mother's Day.

"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. I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? That guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!' This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now understand as The Universal 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 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 what does garbage have to do with Mother's Day? Plenty. Ever heard the adage ... forgive or relive? It's true. Forgive your mother. Do it for yourself, not for her. Otherwise you're stuck in recycling your garbage about her.

Think of it this way: your mother is not just your mother. She is a person in her own right, and she's doing (or did) the very best that she can with what she's got (or had) at any given time.

Have a blessed, garbage-free week!

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