“Unbelievable! How dumb am I?” How many times have we asked a similar question? Burned toast, coffee stains on paperwork, sleeping through the alarm clock, stubbed toes, missed exits – it’s human to goof up once in a while. Nobody’s perfect and everyone proves it everyday. Remember that the next time you’re tempted to laugh at another person’s mistake. After all, you never know when it’s your turn to show up to work with mismatched socks.

You’re walking down the street, your mind somewhere in the air, when you stumble into a garbage can on a sidewalk and knock it over. What comes spilling out from under the lid?

1. nothing comes out
2. a pile of loose trash finds its way into the street
3. apple cores, chicken bones and other raw garbage
4. a well tied plastic garbage bag


Answer key:

In your carelessness you overturned a garbage can, dumping out something that had been neatly shut away and exposing it for all the world to see. Your image of the can’s contents reveals things inside you that you try to hide from the public.

1. People who said nothing comes out tend to live their lives without making displays or false pretenses. What you see is what you get. Its this simple honesty that gives them their charm.

2. Those people who said the can was full of loose trash may seem to be straightforward and forthright to others but actually have a pile of unexpressed feelings locked up within. You may notice these feelings only as a general sense of frustration, but when you think about it, aren’t there places where you’ve been holding back from saying the things you really feel?

3. People who imagined a pile of kitchen wastes are suppressing their appetites and the natural desire for food. Maybe you’re on (or are avoiding) a diet. Or you’re trying to save money by cutting back on eating expenses. Whatever it is, it’s taking its toll on you. A night out at the restaurant will do you good.

4. People who saw a neatly tied garbage bag have a strong sense of self-control. Maybe too strong. You hate to show weakness or make complaints because your pride won’t allow it. But letting others know how you really feel is not weakness. Loosen up the drawstrings and let some air in before all that garbage goes bad and starts to smell.

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