Junk In The Trunk?

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We hear that it’s important to let go of old irritation, anger or grudges. Why? Because if we tote around this so-called “junk in the trunk”, it has a negative effect on our own health and happiness.

And it tickles me how often this kind of “life lesson” smacks me in the face. Here’s the story:

My son and his children were visiting me, and we all went over to visit a friend. As life happens (and every parent knows), it suddenly became time for the little one to fill his diaper. This gift was especially ‘ripe’. Because this was such a stinky event, my son asked for a trash bag, and we put the soiled diaper in the trunk of my car to dispose of when we got back to my house.

But when we got back to my house, we totally forgot about that diaper! And that evening, when I made a quick run to the grocery store, yikes! did my car smell. I took some wipes and wiped down the little one’s car seat, thinking that was the problem, and opened the car windows. No luck.

Happily, about three hours later, it finally registered what that horrible smell was – that stinky diaper in my trunk! The smell was so strong that the whole car was now stinky. I had to laugh. That “junk in the trunk” was my problem. Dump the junk and life would be good.

Suddenly, I realized that diaper is just like our lives. If we are carrying around junk – old grudges, irritation, anger – from past events, it’s like we are toting around that smelly diaper in the trunk. And as that stinky diaper was kind enough to demonstrate, past junk will spread its smell throughout our whole car – or our whole life – until we take it out of the trunk and put it firmly in the trash.

Now that I’ve tossed out that particular junk in my trunk, the smell is gone and my car smells good again. And as I start examining my personal trunk, tossing out old anger, etc., my life will be much more pleasant, and smell better, too. Time to toss the junk in the trunk!

Terry Turner
As a military brat, Terry’s early life was spent enjoying other countries and cultures. Add to this her forty years of teaching Communication Skills in both aerospace and education, and she has many ideas to share and stories to tell. Now happily retired and living in Northern California, she spends her time writing and enjoying life.
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15 Responses

  1. Avatar Tammy Douse says:

    A sweet reminder…

  2. Avatar Claudia Hastings says:

    Perfect! Most of my junk is physical…got to start getting rid of stuff!

    • Terry Turner Terry Turner says:

      That, too. You’re so right, Claudia. It’s been so much nicer for me once I got ruthless with my “dust collectors”, keeping only the ones I dearly love.

    • Adrienne Jacoby Adrienne Jacoby says:

      What Claudia said, ME TOO!!

  3. Avatar Eleanor Townsend says:

    Great analogy, Terry. Working every day on ‘keeping my side of the street clean’. Not focusing on what I cannot change. Serenity Prayer comes in handy sometimes!

    • Terry Turner Terry Turner says:

      Thank you so much, Eleanor! And I agree completely. The Serenity Prayer says it all for me.

  4. Adrienne Jacoby Adrienne Jacoby says:

    What Claudia said . . . .

    • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

      Clutter Buster writers state that it’s much easier to get rid of stuff (GROS) if you have a friend helping. I’d be too embarrassed to have anyone look in my closets and cupboards.

      • Terry Turner Terry Turner says:

        I agree, Beverly. It’s a lot more fun, too, if you have someone helping.

        I’ve moved twice in the past few years (down to Roseville to help with the new grand baby for a year, and then back home to Redding), and that also helped. I took the opportunity to unclutter then. But it is a never-ending process. Sometimes I think that clutter multiplies in the dark. 🙂

    • Terry Turner Terry Turner says:

      Yes! Right on, Adrienne!

  5. Avatar Sally Kinsey says:

    Terry, what a charming way to explain Junk. Your article has started me on a weeding frenzie. Thanks for the humor you inject into your article, it was also very visual.