Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Garbage Truck

One day a friend hopped in a taxi and took off for the airport. My friend and
the taxi driver were going down the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped
out of a parking space right in front of them.

The 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. The taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he
was really friendly.

So my friend asked, "Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car
and sent us to the hospital!"

This is when the taxi driver taught my friend what is now called, "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 pile s 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

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 ten
percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it

Author Unknown


Diane J Standiford said...

So true, great analogy.


Thank you. May our trash cans remain empty.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this great story! My name is Chris, and I work with David J. Pollay, the author of The Law of the Garbage Truck™ - Beware of Garbage Trucks™! I just wanted to stop by and let you know that you can read the original story on David’s blog I know he’d love to have you stop by!

Also check out the video of people in New York City taking the No Garbage Trucks!™ Pledge: It’s pretty cool.

Thanks again!


Blinders Off said...


Thanks commenting and not just lurk around. Also,thanks for giving me the name of the author and his website is great. I consider myself a

TANK-ful person :)

I strongly suggest the readers of this site check out your blog and David Pollay's blog, I am linking you both to mine

@GNN said...

In my family we call them gunny sacks - they are on your back and we don't want to fill them with negative feelings cause one day they will all spill out. I like the garbage truck analogy better and will change to that. I love your stories and am linking my blog to yours - mine is I'm not my disease

Blinders Off said...


Thanks for linking me and I will do the same. I never heard of your illness, but it mimicks MS in many ways that is why I am putting it under the MS blogger link on my sidebar.