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Law of the Garbage Truck

A good friend sent this to me. I hadn’t seen it before, and thought you might like to see it, too.

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 breaks, 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.’

May 13, 2008 - Posted by | Community, Living Conditions, Random Musings, Relationships, Social Issues, Spiritual


  1. What a great story!!!

    Comment by Chirp | May 13, 2008 | Reply

  2. Some lessons in life are tought by people you would never expect it from!

    Comment by Evil Knievel | May 13, 2008 | Reply

  3. I LOVED this story.

    I always tell people never take what an angry person says personally. First of all, 99.99% of the time they are not really upset with you, their angry stems from something else which has gone unexpressed so they are taking it out on you. Numerous times i had a family member or colleague be very upset with me to the point of yelling right into my face; I always wait a few minutes silently then sympathetically say, “OK, what’s REALLY bothering you?” You wouldn’t believe how quickly they calm down.

    This story needs to get around, i’m gonna send it to all my email and facebook friends 😀

    Comment by Darya | May 13, 2008 | Reply

  4. 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!


    Comment by Chris | June 2, 2008 | Reply

  5. How on earth did I not come back and acknowledge comments on this post? Where was I? Oh, ummm, urrr, maybe travelling?

    I’m glad you like it, Chirp. 🙂

    That’s so totally the truth, Evil.

    Darya – You are so right. An angry person can be out of control, and doesn’t mean the thing he/she says or does personally. And it often isn’t even you that is the problem, you just got in the way of the wrong person. I love your approach.

    Chris, thank you so much. I often get things in the e-mail and don’t know the source, so this is very very cool. I will add it to the main entry.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 3, 2008 | Reply

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