Stream of Consciousness

King of Trash

It’s a funny word, trash. What’s trash to one, is treasure to another. Pointless clutter to yet another. Retro decoration in someone else’s mind.

It’s an odd time, right now. Different ideals and opinions, pains and joys, opportunities and road blocks, tugging us in opposite directions, all wanting our attention and backing.

Maybe take a moment. One to yourself. Just breathe, look around. What trash is holding you back? Whether it be physical or psychological. What trash is actually treasure in your life? Something you thought could only be gross and pointless, an unneeded weight or ugly, but in actuality holds a gift in it’s hands for you. A lesson, an idea, example, hidden desire, etc.

Maybe you’re not sitting in a dumpster. Maybe you’re the King of Buried Treasure.

One thought on “King of Trash

  1. Yes. I’ve recently come to like the word re-purpose: keep it because you realize you can use it in a helpful way other than it was intended. Or look for something originally designed for one purpose, intending to fill a different need you have. – Hmm. Goes for thoughts and patterns of thought, too, as you said. We can “re-purpose” meanness and unkindness directed at us out of nowhere by trying to understand that something must have set them off. I.e., e-purpose meanness, by tossing it in a mental dumpster, and returning undeserved, unexpected kindness. My wife, a former school teacher, taught me that every inappropriate behavior has something behind it in the recent or past life of that person. Maybe a cashier is being rude while ringing up our order. We can take it personally and respond in kind, or say with a half-grin, “It’s been a long day, huh?” I’ve seen them sigh, say, “Sorry – yeah, it has,” and soften up. Kindness toward someone, especially when they mistreat us, goes a long way toward helping them release a bit of the pressure or weight they’re under that is causing them to lash out at us, even if we have nothing to do with it. So I guess other words for this are re-direct, or deflect (kindly), or soothe. (And if that doesn’t help, there’s always the dispassionate dumpster.) … Or we can all learn to say thank you more often. Our hard-of-hearing daughter is an online text customer service representative.She gets a lot of anger and frustration thrown at her all day long. So when I finish talking to a rep on the phone who has helped me resolve a problem, I ask their name and then say, “, thank you for your help!” Or when I’m really steamed while explaining the problem, I’ll say, “Please know I’m not upset at you; you’re doing your job and doing it very well. I’m just very upset at the situation.” Besides showing (genuine) kindness to ease the pressure they must feel from me, they’re more likely to give me the help or information I need (so, partly selfish). So… kindness in “trashy” situations – maybe even kindness to ourselves – goes a long way toward maybe taking the stink out of the trash, or taking it out of our minds… to the dumpster – and leaving it there. … You know, I get the idea your Manager who Panda Approves your blog – the one slouching in the chair, maybe worn out after a long day, shoes off – is really you. 🙂 Good Panda work! (If not you, please make sure s(he) gets the kudos. In other words, “Thank you.”)

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