I was behind a car the other day, just driving along minding my own business, when all of a sudden the driver of that car threw trash right out of the window. I don’t mean an apple core or a toothpick or even a cigarette butt. I am talking about a full bag of trash from a fast food restaurant. I know this because the bag and all its contents landed on the front of my car before it came to rest in the middle of the road. I was appalled and reflexively shouted out, “Who does that?!” I then proceeded to repeat the question over and over again as I continued to drive.
I mean, really, who does litter anymore? Are there really people who subscribe to the belief that the world “out there” should deal with their trash because they don’t want it in their space? Come on, isn’t that what litterers are really saying? “I don’t want this trash in my space, so I’ll just pitch it into someone else’s space.” I think we would all agree that their actions represent the height of arrogance, not to mention irresponsibility. Right?
Who has the right to take their trash, the crap they don’t want around them, and toss it into someone else’s life? Nobody.
It’s easy to understand this point when we’re talking about actual trash, but isn’t it just as true when we are talking about other kinds of trash? I am talking about trash messages that others use to try to convince you that you are not good enough, that you are supposed to make someone else happy, that you don’t have the right to live your own life, that you aren’t special and unique and needed in this world…those are trash messages. That is trash talk. If someone is throwing that kind of trash into your space please be careful not to let it make you dirty. It’s their trash, not yours.
We are creating our lives…one decision at a time.
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