"THE LAW OF THE GARBAGE TRUCK"
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. And 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 call, "The Law of the Garbage Truck." He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage -- frustration, anger, 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. Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't.
Thought for the day: Life is 10% what you make it and 90% how you take it.
How has your transgendered life affected your outlook, attitude, and response to the world around you? As a very non-confrontational person, I seldom, if ever, unload my frustrations on anyone. Over the last few years I have developed my ability to sucessfully pass and present the "woman inside" without confrontation or even very many stares, side glances, or whispers. I feel that my truck is mostly empty. If your's is full, overflowing, and stinking up your life, remember the attitude of the taxi driver and enjoy who you are.