#279 pick up trash

6 Aug

hey litter bugs: STOP LITTERING!!!! There is nothing more annoying than seeing trash on the ground…especially when the trash can is merely five extra steps away. This past school year I got into the habit of picking up the trash I would see in my classroom or in the hallways. There were too many times when I would ask a student to pick something up and throw it away and he/she would reply, “It’s not mine”. Well yes, I know its not yours but (1) throw it away because its the right thing to do and (2) throw it away because I’m your teacher and I’m asking you to.

For those of you germ-phobics, there is an easy alternative. Go to your nearest bookstore, walk to the magazine aisles, and look at the floor. Observe how many order forms are lying on the floor because they’ve fallen out of their respective magazine. Now bend over and pick them up: putting them either into the garbage or into the magazine racks. Check! You’ve picked up some trash.

Even if you don’t want to pick up others trash, make sure you at least pick up your own. If you miss the garbage can, don’t leave it there! Walk over and put in the bin. And please DO NOT spit your gum out..unless its directly into the wrapper or garbage can. There is nothing more aggravating than unknowingly stepping into gum and ruining the bottom of your shoe…which you know is ALWAYS gonna be your favorite pair. The author mentions a man nicknamed Rob the Rubbish who travels through England picking up litter; I found a news article about him http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/1527987/After-Snowdonia-Rob-the-Rubbish-heads-for-Everest.html

“First say to yourself what you would be;
and then do what you have to do.”

-Epictetus

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