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% of what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!


3 Responses

  1. drinkteahub says:

    I heard a similar story from an Orthodox priest once: that everyone is either a bee or a fly. When visiting a garden, the bee will land on all the beautiful, pretty, sweet-smelling places (the flowers) and drink the nectar and pollinate the flowers in the process, thus making more flowers grow and spreading the sweetness. The fly will land on all the things that are rotting, the moulds, the manure, the compost, and every time it lands on something it’s spreading dirt and germs with it. We all get to choose: be a bee or be a fly. Pray for the flies, but be the bee!

  2. Jake says:

    Hi, one of my favorite quotes in life is 10% What happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it. there are always going to be garbage trucks.. You said it is it’s best to just Let it go and not spread it around. people that go around acting like that tend to you continue to attract bad things. You can be sure that. He is very unhappy with his life. And will continue to attract more of it.

  3. Lily says:

    Now, I absolutely loved this post. How smart is that? Understanding that you don’t need to take other people’s garbage on board. Just smile and wave and move on. 

    I especially liked the part about not passing it around. It is incredibly tiring to be around people who don’t just dump their latest drama on you but any others that they see or hear. No one enjoys this, unfortunately, those who do this don’t realise why people don’t want to be around them.

    Recently, we had to move to a new town and we didn’t know anyone. I decided to start nice and clean and as the years have passed I gently move away from contact with whingers, manipulators and drama queens. I now have  a really stable, fun group around me and my husband is even less likely to make little problems into big ones.

    It’s a state of mind. common!

    Thanks Lily

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