The Law of the Garbage Truck

The Law of the Garbage Truck

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?
That 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. T
hey run around full of garbage — frustration, anger, disappointment.
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.
Love the people who treat you right.
Pray for the ones who don’t.”   
*author unknown
Sally McKirgan –

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Reminders to choose Peace!

As you go through the days ahead, no matter how you judge them to be,
remember peace is a choice.  It is a BIG choice, something you choose every minute.
Whatever is before you, you have a beautiful mind that can either believe it
accept it – reject it – hate it or fight it.
Whatever IT is you are perceiving, you can say
“I could see peace instead of this.”
From A Course In Miracles Lesson #34.
Below are some beautiful reminders of just that!
Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie
We can never obtain peace in the outer world
until we make peace with ourselves.
- Dalai Lama
Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.
Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset.
- Saint Francis de Sales
The world has always been in an uproar, and it always will be.
Choose Peace. Choose to live with Peace.
Choose to interact peacefully with everyone -
especially those whose instinct is not to be peaceful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You may not seem able to change some outer circumstances
but you can start by changing your inner experience of life and yourself.
- Joy Page


You have a beautiful decision making mind!  Peace is a choice!

Sally McKirgan –

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The Women’s March January 21

Remember to Laugh and Detach!

Detach from the outcome to have Peace.  

On Saturday January 21st I joined thousands of women, men and children in a “March” from the Ashland Library to the Butler Band Shell in Lithia Park.  My intention was to choose peace and walk, joined in camaraderie and standing for inclusion and respect for all races, religions, health care and to protect the environment. More on this later.

Today I listened to a CD of my guru.  He was answering a question about kindness and the question was if while being kind do also we need to make sure we detached ourselves from the outcome of whatever we were advocating for.   YES, it is imperative he said because while acting out of kindness, for our inner peace and health we DO need to detach from the outcome.   He went on to say kindness counts and multiplies because it is unlimited but don’t attach yourself to the outcome and you will be happy whether you have won or lost.  If you are upset you are invested.

What I understood is that we need to proceed from a place of “Love” for everyone and exclude NO ONE from our love or oppose anyone or attack.  We need to also realize that we are all the same.  We share the same ego.  Everyone wants things “their way.”  We share the same correction; that there is a Goodness innate in every mind.  We all carry the LIGHT or the spark of God/Creator within that joins us in Oneness.  

In a quote I found recently, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”  To “make peace with ourselves” we have to look at “what we think” and “watch” our thoughts, judgments and projections.  The judgments and projections are what make us peaceful or perturbed. 

Watching our thoughts is a gift to yourself, to your family, community and the entire world.  For example, when making a judgment about anyone, turn it around and make it about yourself as well.  This is hard because the idea about “seeing something out there” means I do not want to “see it in here – in me.”  For example our President makes judgments about people all the time.  I may think it is terrible but don’t I do the same thing?  I don’t put them on twitter or TV and I don’t have the same thoughts as he does, but I do judge.  What is important is WATCHING and CATCHING and KNOWING and OBSERVING the ego so you REALIZE what you are doing!  (Making yourself miserable.)

Most of us keep our judgments to ourselves or we share them with a close friend.  Most of us were taught “if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything.”  Or “keep quiet and look intelligent but open your mouth and look stupid.”  But even when we think it (the judgment) it still in the mind and it is still separation, condemnation and attack i.e. it is not love.  

Yes, we all have judgments and that is why the Dalai Lama says we can never obtain peace until we make peace within ourselves.  For peace within, again, all we need do is be conscious of the judgments.  We look at them, we acknowledge “yes, I’ve thought that or I’ve done that” remind yourself of your higher self and innate goodness and in so doing you are no longer in the misery of blame, condemnation or separation. You are responsible.  Don’t follow the ego mind that wants to be separate.  The way to peace is to be Mindful, share the Goodness  of your Holy Mind and gradually the ego is diminished.

 So back to the Women’s March.  There is nothing wrong with sending a message to the President as long as it is done from that place of Goodness, love and not hate.  It is no longer hate, when we cleanse it of separation.  I realize that I will be miserable if I stay in judgment.  I need to make sure that my advocacy comes from Love but does not exclude anyone.  Only loving thoughts reflect Truth, all other thoughts are from the false self or the ego. 

My intention is to keep advocating and to remember to work (and walk) from that non-egoic place of love, within, as a citizen and peace a maker and if I never attach myself to the outcome, I will be happy and PEACEFUL.   I don’t know if my actions will be understood but I cannot worry about that.  If I am attached I will not have peace….and PEACE that is all I want.

Sally McKirgan facilitates the Tidings inner peace Saturday Column.  To share articles on all aspects of inner peace send a 600 to 700 word article to her at 

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True Righteousness – True Patriotism by Jim Hawes




by Jim Hawes


                Believing that one’s political views are the only correct ones is being righteous. When one feels the need to convince others that this is the only correct viewpoint is arrogance.

                Therefore, two very important questions need to be answered. What is true righteousness and when applied to politics; what is true patriotism?

                When you know you are right, but have no need or desire to tell or convince anyone that you are right; this is true righteousness. Jesus, the Buddha, and Ghanti were truly righteous. Their statements and actions did not come from the conditioned mind (ego); rather from the Beingness, Peacefulness, and love that comes from the Source.

                So, what is a true patriot? First, they totally accept what is. That is, they do not deny, the anger, resentment, or sadness. Instead, of angry, violent demonstrations that destroy property and hurt people; a true patriot follows the advice of Thomas Jefferson who said, “The only way you get more democracy is by more democracy.” This means that a true patriot’s fundamental actions are to daily practice true righteousness. This means no finger pointing or negative judgments of past actions or statements of your opponents. Rather each day Be in silent still peaceful Awareness as you shop, work, volunteer or recreate.

                Eckhart Tolle says that there are two consciousness enveloping the world. Identifications with forms to the point of greed and power, or a Conscious Presence (love or peacefulness). Which one of these will control our world will depend on what each individual does each day. Are you being more kind or loving to everyone you are meeting, texting? Are you involved and actively taking part in your neighborhood, community, city or state’s issues? Or are you preoccupied with your level of materiality and power or authority? By the choices you make, ask yourself which one of these conscious choices are you creating?

Jim Hawes, a retired Medford school teacher has published Ageless Child, Balboa Press. or Barnes and Nobles and is working on his new book, AGELESS LIVING

 This essay was written the day after Mr. Trump became our 45th president, Nov. 9, 2016.

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Nature – by Dan Fischer


By Dan Fischer

I know the NOW is the total extent of your gifts to me NOW.

The NOW is the unchangeable result of the unchangeable past.

I can rejoice for what is or regret what is not.

But no rejoicing will destroy what is;   

no regretting will create what is not.

Part of the NOW is my view of the FUTURE,   

of my FUTURE.

I know that what I do now will influence the FUTURE.

I accept my responsibility for creating the FUTURE.

I rejoice in my responsibility and opportunity NOW

  to improve future NOWs.

Yet I do not regret anything I have done,   

anything I have not done.

or anything I cannot change.

I praise and worship the perfection of NOW…

NOW is infinitely more perfect than the PAST or FUTURE

 because NOW IS.

The PAST and FUTURE are not.



I am a part of you.

You are all of me.

I am proud to be a part of you.

I am humbled by your magnificence.

I am humbled by your mountains and valleys,

by your stars and moons,

by your seas and rivers,

by your plants and flowers,

by your animals and insects.

I am exalted by your consciousness,

by my consciousness.

Through consciousness I can touch all of You

And know that Nature is,

I am,

Nature is I,

I am Nature,



Dan Fischer lives in Ashland. He occasionally teaches at OLLI at SOU. His blog is or google “The Crazy Mud Caper.”


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What are you afraid of?

Below is a link to Jon Jorgenson, reciting his poem “What are you Afraid of?”

It is a little over three minutes and he so beautifully reminds us to let go of

fear and see Love everywhere.

Merry Christmas


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I Trust You by Jim Meissner

The “I trust you video” of Karim Sulayman by Jim Meissner

Recently going around the internet is a video of an Arab-American man standing in front of the Trump International Hotel with a blindfold on and with a huge hand-written sign

(google: “Karim Sulayman on vimeo”) or paste in your browser:

“Hello, my name is Karim and I am an Arab-American. Like many people who are Black, Brown, women, LGBTQIA, Latinx, Muslim, Jewish, immigrants and other, I am very scared. We are anxious and uneasy in our own country and it’s difficult to see what lies ahead for us. But I have hope that I am safe with you. Together we can build a community of caring rather than one of fear. You can trust me to care for you no matter who you are, what you look like or where you are from. Will you embrace me as willingly as I embrace you?”

“Will you shake my hand and/or hug me

and or take a photo of me and post it

as a sign that I am safe here with you?”


Most people who are drawn to see that video or to read this peace article will be moved by the message and by the exchange of love shown in the video of people hugging Karim. The message and love resonates someplace very deep in us. We realize that we would rather have love than fear, peace rather than conflict, unity rather than division. We are all in this together. Underneath the colors and forms, we are all the same. We all want to be loved and appreciated and respected.

The choice is simple. In every situation, do we strive for unity, peace, and love; or do we make the choice for divisions, conflict, and fear? Yes, I understand that many people think the choice is more complicated than that. Is it? In any situation where I feel conflicted, I hope I will remember Karim’s message. I hope fear will not make me forget my intention for peace and love.

Jim Meissner lives in Ashland

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Creating a Peaceful World by Charles “Al” Huth

Creating a Peaceful World

By Charles “Al” Huth

Creating a peaceful world begins with each of us. To enhance this idea requires knowledge of one’s True Self and one’s natural contribution towards world peace. Socrates express the idea that an unexamined life is not worth living. Each of us view ourselves, community and world through our personal lenses. These lenses were developed over time, with stories to support them regardless of their validity. However, we internalize them as factual without a deeper examination of their origin. Some of these inaccuracies were developed harmlessly and other false assumptions have created great harm to oneself and others. As a child, my father liked Chevrolets and did not care for Fords, a perspective that I adopted. I became a mechanic and discovered that there was much to like about Fords and Chevrolets.

As another example, my mother (when a very young child) grew up under extremely difficult circumstances. Her only protection was to try and make adults feel guilty. She learned to use guilt as a way to get what she wanted or needed. “My son, if you loved me you would not have done…” Deep into my adulthood I discovered why I had a deep sense of guilt about many things I did – it had felt like my natural way to be. At a subconscious level I was tormented, I was trying to understand what was wrong with me. I tried to hide this discontentment from the world. Through my journey of searching for answers, I was able to see how devastating this perspective was and how this perspective generated negative reactions within the conduct of my life: I created a lot of disharmony in my relationships. At times, I have not been able to totally dismiss my guilty perspective; however, I understand what is driving it and I do not let it interfere with my life. I guess I could be called a recovering guilt-driven addict.

Through my experiences, I developed concepts and daily practices to live in harmony with myself, my relationships and the universe. Although the concepts and practices that I promote are simple, they require each individual to engage oneself at a deeper level with a personal commitment to become a conscious co-creator of their life, in harmony with their True Self.

In January, I will be teaching a class at OLLI – Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The course number and title is: PERS210, Creating an Extraordinary Life. OLLI’s contact information is: e-mail olli@sou.ed; phone 541.552.6048.

My class will be an interactive experience where teacher and students learn from each other. The course content will be based on the three books that I have published. The books are: Living an Extraordinary Life – The Magic of Oneness, Essentials for a Changing World – Living Harmoniously with Yourself and Others, and The Evolving Higher Self: A Directed Guide to Fulfillment. These books can be purchased through

This is an opportunity to become a conscious co-creator of your life as your True Self. Recognize our false concepts of self and others can help facilitate this goal. We will explore the benefits of personal journaling that reveal self-knowledge at our deeper, core level. Our interactions with others will be greatly enhanced when internalized with our True Self. Humans have their own unique guidance system that adds to our intellectual knowledge. We will explore processes and techniques to establish an internal connection and trust in your internal guidance. Knowing who we are, the passions of our soul, and our purpose in life are not easy to understand, but vitally important.


Al Huth is a retired public school teacher with a Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree in Education. He taught psychology and motivational classes in high schools and in adult education programs, such as the Learning Light Foundation in Anaheim, California. This fascination with the body-mind connection led him into the various disciplines of spiritual and human empowerment. In his spare time, he is a magician. He can be contacted at 541.973.2362 or


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The Energy of the Election by Jim Hatton

The Energy of the Election

 I think everyone can agree that the Presidential Election of 2016 was like no other. It has been debated Ad nauseam, over analyzed, over polled, and over played in the media.  Did I leave any anything out?

I personally am glad it’s over.  But the unique energy behind it continues and has polarized many people. There is big disappointment, anger, hopefulness, smugness, and even despair.  And certainly, uncertainty, pun indented.

I did not vote for either major candidate so please don’t put me in a box of judgement, at least not yet. A lot of people were saddened and disgusted with the viability, credibility, and ability of each major candidate.

Alright the county has voted and by our current system we have a president elect.  I’m all for being open and seeing where this all goes.

But I have talked to a lot of people and seen people interviewed that are angry, extremely disappointed, and saddened, and continue to be so much that it is controlling their lives. I know one young bride-to-be who had un-invited her best friend from the wedding because she voted for Trump. I know several people who became physically ill after and because of the election (including some “macho” men).  Many other people are carrying around the hatred they saw in candidate Trump.  Many have made one of the candidates their hero, their savior, their redeemer and by doing this have given their power away to someone else.  Why else would they be physically sick from the election results?

Our power lies within.   When we give it all away to someone else, (in this case our candidates) in hopes that they will make our lives better, we become power-less.  If we can realize or better yet remember that we create our own lives through our own thoughts and actions, our whole world would be a better place.

Many commentators have pointed out how deeply the country is divided and blame the election and the candidates.

Let’s wake up here folks.  Any and all division in the country; the anger; the hatred; or the prejudice was already there, it existed in our collective consciousness before the election.  The candidates and elections just allowed us to call it forward.  There can be no blame here; we must look within ourselves to examine what in exists in our own consciousness. This is where our prayers belong.

The negative energy that exists toward either candidate is only working against our selves.   Let us remember the Law of Attraction and that the Universe is inclusive, not exclusive.  What attention we to give to the anti-candidate, anti-president elect, or whomever or whatever will only create more of what is not wanted. This was the same in the Anti-War movement in the 1960s rather than a pro-peace movement.

A good friend of mine who was born in the 1950’s wisely pointed out:  “We have survived every president since Eisenhower.” In fact we have survived all prior presidents who have been before, popular or not.

We can only change things in our world if we change the consciousness within ourselves.  Change will happen when we are in alignment with our true nature. Anger is not our true nature, Peace and Centeredness is.


 Jim Hatton, Author: “A Spiritual Master’s Guide to Life” available on Amazon or at

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Habitual Peace or Stillness by Jim Hawes


             William James in his essay on habits says quite correctly that our daily habits can be allies or enemies. He elaborates further and says that if we want healthy bodies; then, we must exercise regularly, and eat good, wholesome food. If we do little exercise and consume a low quality eating style; these habits are enemies to us having a healthy vibrant body.

            What is true for our bodies is true in our spiritual quest. For sure, reading or listening to our spiritual teachers, meditations, chanting, journaling or attending seminars are all helpful guideposts.

            One of the most fundamental questions is to how to become more conscious or present in our daily spiritual habits. Recently, I have discovered guideposts of using nature, a more effective meditation technique, and most important becoming more loving each day.

            Early Sunday mornings walking my dog in the park; there is very little car or truck noise. There is an incredible quietness, actually an enveloping stillness where one finds themselves in a brief gap of no thinking.

            Hiking each Wednesday through our incredible southern Oregon wilderness points to nature’s best lessons.  I look up in awe and feel or sense the stillness or silence of these massive, majestic giant Doug Fir, Ponderosa and Madrone trees. It is the same stillness, silence (consciousness) that we are.  Here too, as I looked; there was a short gap where my conditioned mind abruptly stopped its habitual thinking.

            Meditation is another way of becoming more conscious or present. Because I kept falling asleep; I discovered the new technique of keeping my eyes open. During the meditation, I became very attentive in looking at four trees. As I felt a oneness with the trees, I again experienced these short or brief gaps of no thinking.  

            The most important way of creating these conscious gaps is to be more loving each day. An example is worth a 1,000 words. I finally decided it was time to heed my beloved’s suggestion and make good on my promise to actually help more in raising our beautiful 14 year old granddaughter. We studied a recipe, wrote down the ingredients, and shopped together. Rather than the usual suggestion to stir the ingredients; my wife gently guided me through each direction. There were no ego eruptions—just a calm, relaxed conscious cooperation. The dish was delicious and passed the acid test. Our granddaughter loved it.

            This conscious giving and receiving carried over to our house cleaning. Again, no judgmental comments or questions like, “Aren’t you going too fast?” Or, “Did you miss this or that?” We were a cooperating loving team. There was an effortlessness and a gentleness which created extended gaps of no thinking.

            These conscious gaps of stillness or peacefulness are available and can be extended only if you make a habit in expecting and looking for them in your connections with nature, being consistent, but open to varied meditation techniques. Last, and most important in all your relationships, allow this always present consciousness to gently envelope and guide your actions and words to be kind, joyful, and nonjudgmental. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it better than I have, “Get your bloated ego out of the divine circuits.”                                                                                                                       

Jim Hawes, a retired Medford school teacher has published Ageless Child, Balboa Press. or Barnes and Nobles and is working on his new book, AGELESS LIVING.

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