Years ago, I remember watching the garbage truck drive up each Monday and Thursday morning and seeing a guy (we’ll call him Gary) riding on the back of the truck. He would jump off while the truck was still moving and in a sort of poetic manner would pick up our can, dump the trash into the truck and jump back on, without ever dropping any trash, and ride off to the next house. Is was like watching Michael Jordan on a basketball court or Tiger Woods hitting a golf ball. It was poetry in motion. Gary was a man who was perfectly in tune with his job and surroundings. He was making the most of his day. I saw his actions as a gift from God and have never forgot it. One day, Gary was sick and another fellow was on the back of the truck. Well, as the truck neared our house, he jumped off, stumbled, picked up our trash can and dumped half of it on the road. Needless to say, we were happy to see Gary back on the job in a few days.
I believe we all should take a lesson from Gary and concentrate on being better at everything we do and how we interact with each other. If we take the same attitude that Gary had, things would be much better for all of us.
While it may feel necessary to weigh in the the big issues like bin Laden, maybe we should just concentrate on today.
I’m off to playing golf today, giving myself a respite from work and I’ll try not to hit it into the weeds.
Director of Music for Darkwood Brew