Friday is trash day
....and I love watching the trash truck do its job!
Where I grew up in San Antonio, Texas, in the 1950’s, our trash trucks were quite different to today’s. I remember there were three men for each truck. One of them drove the truck down the middle of the street while the other two grabbed trash cans from both sides of the street, emptied them into the truck, and then replaced them at their respective houses . I remember thinking the driver had the best job, but the other two got more exercise.
Today’s trucks have just one person: the driver. Everything else is automated. There went two jobs! Hopefully, those two fellows found even better positions doing something they enjoyed. Our trash trucks here in Phoenix arrive in the morning. From where I sit at my desk, I have a perfect view of the operation.
The truck pulls up and two big arms reach out from the truck and embrace the trash container needing to be emptied. The can is lifted high into the air and turned upside down over the truck and shook a bit so all the trash falls into the truck. Then the exciting part happens. As the can is lowered back to the ground, it takes a ride on a yellow slide that moves the container from the top of the truck all the way to the ground where the arms let go and the truck moves along to the next home. I guess Fridays are the most exciting day in the life of trash containers here.
Where does this fit into my usual attempt at being spiritually inspirational? Ah! I believe we can be intentional with our trash. Not only is it important to recycle and to limit the production of excess trash as best we can, but the items we do throw away can be imbued with the energy of attitudes, beliefs, and challenges we might want to let go of.
When I put something into the trash, I let it represent something I want to release. Then when I see or hear the truck coming to take our trash away, I say good bye to whatever I put in the trash that week. I also thank the person driving the truck, the people who made the truck, and the city for providing this service for a reasonable fee. I find this a wonderful way to keep my energy free and flowing.
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