• Happy As a Garbage Man

    Joy in all thingsThis morning was rainy, cold, foggy…just an overall blech sort of day.  To top it off, it was Monday.  It wasn’t exactly the sort of day that makes you want to break out in happy song like they do in Disney musicals.

    As my husband and I were driving back from dropping off TWO of our cars at the mechanic (yes Monday was totally acting like a Monday–we were just thankful that we still had another car available for us to drive) we ended up pulling behind the garbage collection truck in our neighborhood.  Normally we would probably be bummed out about being behind the garbage truck and would be anxious to get around it.  Not today.

    We were too entertained.  You see, the garbage man who was hanging off of the incredibly slow moving truck was dancing.

    He had an earbud in one of his ears and was joyfully getting his dance on all while remaining securely poised on his stoop on the side of the truck.

    He motioned to us asking if we wanted to go around them, but my husband shook his head saying, “No.” Why would we want to go around when there was an entertaining display of joy in front of us?

    We marveled at this man’s joy.  He was hanging off the side of a smelly garbage truck in the cold, foggy rain and was picking up heavy cans of smelly, unsanitary bins that contained all sorts of nastiness.  Yet he danced.

    Maybe he danced because he was alive.  Maybe he danced because he had a job. Maybe he danced because he was needed.  (I don’t know about you, but I’m very thankful that someone else is willing to take my trash away for me.)  Maybe he danced because he could hear.  Maybe he danced because he could see.  Maybe he danced because he was healthy and fit enough to do such a job.  If you sit and think about it, there could be a number of reasons why he would still be dancing despite being on the side of that smelly truck.

    We, too, should be as happy as that garbage man.  Even when life has thrown us on the side of a proverbial garbage truck, let us dance in celebration of the good things to which we are privy.  

    Go be as happy as a garbage man! 

    Philippians 4:8

    Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.




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