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19
Sep

Wisdom from a Taxi Driver

Wisdom from a Taxi Driver

I'm in Chicago right now, and I took a cab to the place where I wanted to go.  I'm always interested in talking to cab drivers because these guys have a lot of time to think about life.  They also see people at their best and their worst.  They're probably among the wisest on earth.

My cab driver Asian - I think Japanese.  His black hair looked too black (probably died) but in the rear view mirror I could see that his face was smooth and unwrinkled.

We said our basic niceties, and somehow he mentioned he was 72 years old.  I couldn't believe it - and then proceeded to ask him a few things about his family.

Then he started sharing with me some of his wisdom that he had found over the 72 years of being alive.  Nothing was earth-shattering, but nonetheless his timing was perfect because I need a reminder of this stuff just like all of us.

Here's what he said (in abbreviated form).

  • Learn to love yourself.  Love yourself first.  When you love and take care of yourself first, then you can...
  • Love your family.  They are your true friends.  When you love and respect yourself you can take care of your family properly.
  • Always be kind and forgiving to people.  People will like you when you are nice, and you will be without enemies.

Now this is a guy I would love to spend more than 10 minutes in a cab with.  However our drive was done, we bid eachother farewell.

Great wisdom from a taxi driver.

- Eddie

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