The Garbage Truck Law

The Garbage Truck Law

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, ‘Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!’ This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, ‘The Law of the Garbage Truck”.
He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they’ll dump it on you. Don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave,  wish them well, and move on. Don’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets. The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets!
So …. Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don’t. Life is 10%what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!


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4 Responses

  1. Evald says:

    Hell Monse 😉
    This is very interesting and instructive life story with very deep meaning behind it. The Taxi driver’s words regarding the comaprison of some people to garbage trucks were very wise and left me thinking about the meaning of these words for quite some time. Very beatiful lesson can be made out of this story- ”Don’t spread negativity, spread love” or ” Treat others the way You would want to be treated Yourself”.
    Keep up the good work 😉

  2. Atlas says:

    What a great take on life to have. I always try to remain calm and empethetic to other people even in stressful situations but that is a great visualization for such a thought process.

    Though; don’t garbage trucks pick up garbage? Idk I still get the analogy and enjoy the sentiment.

    Be well,


    • Linda says:


      I thought it was a bit harsh to call it  “Garbage” but when I read it; the analogy was understood. 

      Ware supposedly full of garbage. lol 

  3. Linda says:

    This is something I always thought of. Never really saw it as a law though. My parents always taught me to be nice with people regardless of how they may act. The problem is when you’re being nice and they make you their best friend or their date right away! Hehehe Funny but it happens to people. This wave thing and smile reminds me of the day I shook a guy’s hand and he thought we had a date. I’m sorry but it’s funny. Or the way a person explodes with their baggage and tells you what they never said before. Then you just agree and smile. Hahahaha It’s so crazy the way people react sometimes. All they need is to be pushed on that little button.

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