This morning I was taking my daughter Brittany to school. She goes to a private school and my wife Diane or I drive her since there isn't a bus to ride in our area. When I do it, I hope traffic is light without any accidents to hinder the drive. A normal drive takes the beltway around Baltimore and exits to some winding country roads that are single lane but very scenic. On the way there on one of these country roads we became 'stuck' behind a garbage truck picking up the trash. Normally its a bummer, but this day it was a treat. The truck would stop and the two guys on the back quickly jumped off and did their job. When they leaped back to the positions of holding on while the vehicle moved, the guy on the right started to wiggle and sway his hips to some song he was hearing. At one point he had "a hand in the air like he didn't care". Not a safe thing to do, but he was enjoying himself while working. This went on for several stops until the garbage truck turned off another road to continue their daily route. I asked Brittany " have you ever had a song in your head do that for you"? We both agreed that has happened to us to the point it didn't matter what people thought while watching us wiggle and sway to the beat. I continued to tell her it reminded me of a time in the Bible where a king was so happy with joy that he started to dance while clothed with just his under garment; his underwear in today's lingo. In the same story, his wife looked down on him because it didn't appear proper, right, and dignified.
So I have to ask myself, how do I want to do the work that is before me? Is it going to be with a wiggle and hand in the air with happiness and joy or am I going to be concern on how someone may be looking at me? The garbage man was having fun doing his job removing trash form the road. Not a job I would first choose for myself. I would have to say its not about his circumstance but his perspective on hanging off the back of that truck. Its that song you hear in your head and in ones heart that helps the ride you are taking. Through smooth and bumpy rides in your life. Seeing scenic winding roads or potholes the song helps lift you up and after watching the garbage man, his song lifted me up for the work I have today.