Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Law of the Garbage Truck

Work has always been generally fun and I am one of those lucky people who enjoys the job. The alarm rings at 6 am and after a few stretches I am up and running around getting MartianGirl ready for school. She follows her father when it comes to waking up - a lot of proding and a tiny voice from under the sheets, "5 minutes more, Mum." I am in the office by 7.30am multi tasking or things never get settled - talking on a hands-free phone, reading something on the computer and while data is loading, signing documents. Meetings, dead lines, proposals and research have always been handled with little frustration but sometimes "people" can really make me "vomit blood" (a Chinese expression, "aw heet").

Some people are like garbage trucks. They run around 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 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 here's what I do to destress:

Work in my vegetable plot

Visit the Forest (Rimba) of Knowledge (Ilmu) Check out the ferns
Join the bird watching group
And the ultimate destresser is telling it all to Demon K9
I didn't write the enlightening phrases, they are from the internet. I have had this Law stuck on my fridge door for almost 2 years now. I'll be honest and say I do not smile, wave and wish them well, I am not a Saint and full of forgiveness.

Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't.


  1. Lovely post as ever, Kestrel. I'll try to remember that saying!!!

  2. Everytime I hear "SMile and Wave" I think of Madagascar movie with the Penguins saying "Just Smile and wave boys, Smile and Wave!" Lol
    Great Post!