Garbage Day

garbageIt’s Garbage Day in my neighborhood, Modern Philosophers, and I just ran outside in the rain to take the last bit of trash to the curb.  Yes, I was quite the sight in my sleeping toga and baseball cap as I sprinted between the raindrops.

Like any good Modern Philosopher, I found inspiration in the process.

What if we had a weekly Metaphoric Garbage Day for the nonsense in our life that we would love to send off to a landfill or incinerator forever?  How wonderful would it be to do a weekly purge of the stress, annoyances, frustrations, bad thoughts, and any other rubbish that attracted metaphoric flies and stank up our lives?

It wouldn’t even need to be a weekly thing.  I’d be happy to be able to do this on a monthly basis.  Once something went into the back of the truck, it would be gone forever.  Eaten up by whatever monster the garbage men keep hidden back there.

Unfortunately, such an idea will never become a reality.  We generate more metaphoric garbage than any landfill, real or imaginary, would ever be able to hold.  We are our own worst enemy, and really need to do a better job of keeping our garbage pails from overflowing and attracting the rats, which only makes the problem worse.

recycleWhen you really give it some Deep Thought, Modern Philosophers, we have more of a  Recycling Program than Garbage Day.

Don’t we recycle all the garbage in our lives?  Aren’t we just battling the same problems over and over?  We never quite seem to send the trash to the incinerator, but rather, recycle it to use again the next day.  How do we break this cycle?

I know recycling is supposed to be good for the environment, but the opposite is true when it comes to our stress levels and overall well being.  We need to take that metaphoric trash out to the curb, and if the garbage men never come to collect it, then maybe we should just burn it ourselves.  In the end, we are the ones responsible for keeping our pails empty.

Okay, so maybe I’m still half asleep and trying to get way too much out of this metaphor, or maybe I’m on to something here.  That’s up to you to decide.

All I’m saying is we can’t expect someone else to clean up our personal messes, and it’s our own faults that we have too much waste in our lives.

Clean it up, Modern Philosophers!  Let’s set an example for the others and see if that makes our lives a little easier.

Happy Garbage Day!

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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20 Responses to Garbage Day

  1. Totally agree with you Austin, especially about my own recycling program, which has not been healthy nor effective. I’m thinking, some days, a nightly purge may be a good idea. Waiting a month would mean way too much garbage build-up!

  2. Ha ha. You’ve given recycling a whole new twist. Good thinking and great advice. Have a nice day. 😮

  3. Taking out the trash is a never ending chore!! And……..we are creatures of habit; a lot of the trash we take out is the same day to day. At least we are wise enough to know it’s trash and to dump it on the curb and start a fresh bag :-). Have a great day!

  4. grannyK says:

    I never thought of it that way. So, when I put some of my garbage in the compost and use it to grow veggies, I’m eating some of my problems? That explains a lot. Thank you for this insight!

  5. mandolinsummer says:

    Great advice Austin. Think I’ll do some mental spring cleaning today.

  6. rowanaliya says:

    It comes every week and yet each time I’m impressed with myself for actually getting the garbage out. Is it really that big of an accomplishment to be celebrated? It feels like it. It’s a fresh start, a do over, cleansing of the weeks events. So yes, lets take out the trash and celebrate a chance to start over.

  7. Brilliant metaphor and idea! Re-cycling the debris of the past is a useless exercise in futility. A daily purge would be good.

  8. ksbeth says:

    great idea, austin )

  9. Sleeping toga! 🙂 Nice… Dig the baseball hat, too. What’s on it? Recycling can be a bit time consuming, but most important. Shuck that philosophical husk off, I say. Corn, Austin? Summer is here! 🙂

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