I was driving down a lightly travelled section of road yesterday and saw a large pile of garbage that someone had thrown by the side of the road. The unsightly mess made me very angry and I almost started complaining about the rude and insensitive person who had dumped it. But I thought, “This is my month for giving up grumbling and complaining. How can I turn this around?” I remembered times when I had a lot of “garbage” and just had to dump it on someone else’s space: the times when I was having a bad day and cut off people in traffic, or gave someone a dirty look, just because I didn’t feel good. Then there were the times I refused to participate in friendly banter, or spoke with malice because of my inner pain, (garbage.)

The garbage by the side of the road will be easy to clean up. We will simply load it in the pickup with the rest of our stuff to take to the dump. A few hours of dirty work will restore the natural beauty of a country lane and the garbage will be where it belongs.

So, where is the appropriate place to dump my garbage?

About dmdubay

Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon. Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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1 Response to Garbage

  1. Melba says:

    Very clever Darlene. Thanks for the awakening. Your blog is taking off. I am beginning to look forward to reading it.


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