The  GarbageTruck!

B.02 - The Garbage Truck!

 From The Book - Short Takes - Between Us Only! - by Majid Al Suleimany - see www.majidbooks.com

Last week (May 14th 2007) I was in Dubai for a sort of a final job interview for a Human Resources job in a large Company in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. My supposed to be future boss had confirmed to me vide various Official Emails that they had already agreed to my salary request minimum for me to consider to move me and my family to go and work there. Besides the point of moving, there is the fundamental question of driving for the female side of my family to think about at least in such a move. The ‘future boss’ (a Saudi National) had confirmed to me that ‘were going to discuss strategies and plans on how to move forward’. The choice of Dubai was more his choice than mine, though I did not mind to visit him there at the Offices to continue these so-called discussions per se! 

He later rescinded the offer because he got another candidate, supposedly from another Arab country outside the AGCC. That is a stark reminder to fellow Omanis not to trust and rely on Emails on job offers emanating especially from outside Oman (especially in neighbouring countries), because they simply ‘do not keep their promise and their word’ – albeit sent to you in an Official mail and from an Authorised Official too. Or they are starting to treat us as the ‘cheaper relatives’ who could be dropped out for more cheaper relatives from further away.

Dear Countrymen and Countrywomen – and residents alike – be very careful in such dealings, because they are now being increasedly being felt by many peoples in our country now – especially in the Engineering, Technical and Professional arenas. They say East or West, Home Is Best – even though the fact remains that, some of the job offer salaries can be so tempting attractive not to make you think straight and with more sanity and reasoning. Just be careful, take notice and take care!

The following was sent to me by one very beautiful lady. It makes more sense in the current environment and climate that we are in. I am going to share it with you today.

This also comes with my visit to Dubai last week for that famous ‘only discussions interview above’. When I went to the lobby of the hotel to have my lunch, there was this group of rowdy cheap backpack tourists from one famous country in Europe who are allowed to land without visas. They were either already drunk (it was noon anyway) or they still thought they were still in the streets of home – or even both will not surprise me either – but as they saw me a very big snigger and laughter came out – and I overheard them say in sick joking mood – make a run for it, here comes a suicide bomber – see that belt wrapped round his stomach? I wanted to scream that it was actually my big normal stomach, and I resisted the urge to give them a piece of mind, as I am known to do in the past. Age and life creeps in – and you no longer do things that you used to do in the past – or you take for granted to be able to do.

 Here is that Email sent to me by that beautiful lady:-

 Quote - The Garbage Truck.

Such wise words, if only we can follow them each time we get angry. How often do you let other people's nonsense change your mood? Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive employee ruin your day?

However, the mark of a successful person is how quickly one can get back their focus on what is important. David J. Pollay explains his story in this way....

Sixteen years ago, I learned this lesson. I learned it in the back of a New York City taxicab. Here is what happened. 

I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Grand Central Station.  We were driving in the right lane when, all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car's back end by just inches!

 The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and he started yelling bad words at us.

My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean...he was friendly.   

So, I said, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!' And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.'

 Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger and full of disappointment.

As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it.             

And if you let them, they will dump it on you.      

When someone wants to dump on you, do not take it personally.

 You just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. You'll be
happy you did.'

I started thinking, how often do I let Garbage Trucks run right over me? And how often do I take their garbage and spread it to other people: at work, at home, on the streets? It was that day I said, ‘I’m not going to do it anymore.'  

Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets.

Love the people who treat you right.    

Forget about the ones who do not.

Believe that everything happens for a reason.

Never let the garbage truck run over you....

Choose to have a great day – Unquote.

Have A Great Day, Dear Readers!