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Tips for a Garbage-Free Life


Here’s some wonderful advice that was passed along to me earlier this week by my high school classmate, Roy Colglazier. Roy, who now lives in Little Rock, AK, didn’t write this, by the way; it’s one of those gems that gets passed around via email. Normally I read email’s like this, chuckle and move on. But in this case I felt it was worth passing along to Rocket-Courier readers.

Turns out the email that Roy sent to me was originally written by an inspiring author, columnist and blogger named David J. Pollay, who, according to his website, is on a mission to increase happiness, success and civility in life and business.

These are trying times here in Bradford County: sweltering temperatures, stifling humidity and traffic snarls the likes of which we’ve never seen. Everyday frustrations that we normally take in stride begin to seem insurmountable. So David J. Pollay’s “Law of the Garbage Truck” offers a way to lighten your load and get through your day smiling. Read on:

?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? This 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, full of frustration, full of anger and full of disappointments. 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. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets,?so ...

Love the people who treat you right.

Pray for the ones who don't.

Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it.

Have a garbage-free day.

You can read more of Pollay’s tips for a garbage-free life by visiting his website: www.bewareofgarbagetrucks.com.

The Looming Health Crisis

?You might be surprised to learn that a looming health crisis in America will be caused by our growing obesity rate. Obesity and cigarette smoking are the leading causes of preventable fatal disease worldwide, and here in America, obesity is on an alarming rise.

More Americans are obese today that at any other time in our history. Obesity is defined by a weight-to-height ratio, called the body mass index. Indexes above 30 have been linked to myriad of health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even some kinds of cancer. A five-foot-eight-inch person who weighs 200 pounds has a BMI of 30. You can find your BMI by searching for free calculators on the Internet. Just type in your height and weight and the calculator will provide your BMI.

Obesity rates across the nation have increased in every state but one, Colorado, where 19.8 percent of the population is obese. Every state except Colorado has an obesity rate that exceeds 20 percent, and a dozen states have an obese population that comes close to a third of their total inhabitants. Even more alarming is the news that the 19.8 percent rate which ranks Colorado the lowest in the nation today would have made it the highest in 1995. By comparison, 20 years ago less than 15 percent of the population in every state was obese. That’s how quickly the obesity rate is growing.

The cause and effect relationship between obesity and disease is also showing itself.  Most states now have a diabetes rate of 10 percent. In every state in the nation, 20 percent of the population has high blood pressure. And as populations age, those numbers are bound to increase.

And in case you’re wondering, Mississippi is the fattest state in the nation, where 34.4 percent of the state’s residents are obese.







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