Take your trash with you! 

 

I sat having a bit of coffee
before starting my shift.
The mornings have been cold,
and my body takes a while
to warm up sometimes.

As I surveyed the parking lot
from my elevated,
semi-panoramic view,
I observed the store’s courtesy clerk
doing a part of his morning routine —
gathering trash from all the trash cans
in the enormous parking lot.

When I lived in New York,
there were some neighborhoods
with a trash can on every corner,
and some neighborhoods
with none at all.
I often wondered why?

In my travels
to different parts of New York
some Mass Transit sations
had trash receptacles
and some did not.

Some transit systems
in other states
even forbid eating
while commuting.

If you ‘must’ eat,
all ‘containers’
must be resealable —
one can be fined otherwise!

At first I was baffled
by the strictness of the laws
in these places. But now,
as I think back,
the cleanliness
was refreshingly surprising.

New York is a busy place —
very crowded!
So with that comes the messiness.
Trash cans are often overflowing,
litter is everywhere
and so are the rodents.
Perhaps the idea
to ‘take your trash with you’
isn’t such a bad plan after all.

Don’t get me wrong,
sometimes stuff happens
and having a trash receptacle
close by can be a life-saver.
But in the grand scheme of things,
the domino effect of trash,
rodents, bugs etc.
is far more damaging
than the temporary inconvenience
of having no trash receptacle
when one is needed.

I also understand
that collecting trash
has become a huge
income-earning facet
of our society
and eliminating the need
to collect waste
will in turn
take away someone’s job.

But the trash we create
is slowly taking up more space
in landfills and in turn
polluting the earth.
One can even say
we are ‘trashing ourselves to death’!

How then do we find balance
between general consumption
and the waste we create?
One solution is to make products
that are easily biodegradable.
Manufacturers have already begun
to make changes in this direction
but we still have a ways to go.

So my question is this,
what’s your stance
on the whole concept
of ‘taking your trash with you’?
Is this eventually going to become the ‘norm’?
Or is this something that will be met with much resistance?
I would love to hear your thoughts…

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Image source: Google images
Contents compiled: March 23 2018
Originally published: April 18 2018
Copyright © 2017-2018 Anonymously Yours

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Breaking point

 

Everyone has
their breaking point.
Today was hers…

She walked
into the board room,
set her briefcase
on the table,
unclipped her
corporate name badge
from her lapel,
set it beside the briefcase
and walked out the door.

In her briefcase
were her corporate files —
her most recent assignment.
Her findings were catastrophic!
On top of those files
was her letter of resignation.

Everyone has
their breaking point.
Today was hers…

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Image source: Google images
Contents compiled: February 25 2018
Originally published: April 15 2018
Copyright © 2017-2018 Anonymously Yours

Random Act of kindness: November 29 2017

 

He
was young.

He
needed gas.

He requested
$14 worth.

His card
was declined.

He suggested we try
$10 instead.

The transaction
was rejected.

He apologized for
wasting my time and left.

Silently he sat in his car
pondering what to do next.

My heart sank…

The next gentleman in line
paid for his snacks
and gave and extra $10.

“That’s for the guy
who was in line before me,”
he said.
“I remember what it felt like
to be young and broke.
Go catch him before he leaves!”

I ran as fast as I could.
I was happy to help
make him feel better.
I was elated to witness
such a wonderful act of kindness.

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Image source: Google images
Contents compiled: November 29 2017
Originally published: March 22 2018
Copyright © 2017-2018 Anonymously Yours

I’ve not been ‘well’… 

 

Hi, 

I’ve been struggling the last few months with a bit of depression. It took me a long time to figure out what was going on but after careful analysis all the classic symptoms are there:

  • loss of interest in things that once gave me great joy (E.g. Meditating, music, blogging)
  • sleeping uncontrollably (to escape reality) 
  • Not caring much about general appearance (nothing to see here, move along) 
  • Over eating (to feel something other than pain) 
  • Rapid weight gain (eating all the wrong foods) 
  • Foul mood for days on end (wallow and self pity) 
  • Keeping to myself (not wanting to infect others) 
  • Feeling like a mindless drone – – numb (better not to feel if all I felt was pain) 
  • Sad (wondering what I did to deserve this) 
  • Constantly felling like crying (disbelief that this is my life) 

The last 7 years have been brutal! I’ve endured so many levels of pain and agony that had I not known there is a God, and there is a life beyond this unforgiving world, I may have taken the easy way out and ended it all. But I’m not a quitter! I’m not one to stay down for long. I’m not one to accept defeat easily for I know there is one mightier than I who will fight for me.

Friends, I’ve been away because there has been an enormous struggle within. I’ve been away because things have been hard. I’ve been away because I’ve been consumed with tough decisions. I’ve been away because my brain has had no time to relax. I’ve been away because I’ve been worried about my safety. I’ve been away because I’ve not been myself. 

Please know, I haven’t forgotten about you, I simply have not been emotionally and mentally well. I’m slowly finding my way back to the things that once gave me joy. I’m slowly shifting my focus from the chaos to the beautiful things in my life. I’m slowly learning the joy in living a life of gratitude. I’m slowly finding my way back to you. Just give me time…

 

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Image source: Google images
Contents compiled: February 18 2018
Originally published: February 19 2018
Copyright © 2017-2018 Anonymously Yours

Intrigued by you

 

A screenshot of you
is thumb-tacked
to the walls
of my soul,
frameless,
for I know not yet
of the permanence
of your presence.

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Image source: Google images
Contents compiled: September 23 2017
Originally published: September 27 2017
Copyright © 2017 Anonymously Yours


A wall between us

 

I’m not a mindless, shallow person
incapable of comprehending
that life doesn’t always
deal us the cards we want.

We all have our personal struggles.
We all have our crosses to bear.
We all have skeletons in our closets.
We all have stories to tell.
We all have issues
we’re self-conscious about.
We are all human.

The walls you hide behind
to shield your soul
also keep me away.
I have no desire
to force my way
into your life.
I rather be invited.

Don’t shut me out.
Share your heart
and I will guard your secrets
along with my own.
Just do the same for me.

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Image source: Google images
Contents compiled: August 31 2017
Originally published: September 25 2017
Copyright © 2017 Anonymously Yours