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The Law of The Garbage Truck…

This is among THE best emailed messages I have received to date, so forgive me if you’ve already read this one… but I feel it important enough to post here, and share with the world!


The Law of the Garbage Truck by David J. Pollay

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 him, “Why did you just do that? That guy almost ruined your car, and sent us to the hospital!”

That 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 — frustration, anger, 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. Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don’t.

 

Credit for Header: image by Conmongt garbage garbage car truck on Pixabay

About the Author Trish

Given my passion for genealogy, is it any wonder that I eventually wanted to publish my work? Learning to use a personal computer was a natural step once I was introduced it in the 1990s. Then the internet offered a second means to "publish" and now, here I am with a personal blog.

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35 comments
David J. Pollay says March 23, 2013

Hi Trish,

You're awesome!
I send my best to you.

David

DavidPollay.com
facebook.com/thelawofthegarbagetruck

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    Trish says March 23, 2013

    Hey David,

    So are YOU!
    Thank you for writing this story.
    Will never forget how comforting this was for me. I hung in my work cubicle… and now on my personal blog. 🙂

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Anick says June 21, 2012

it was nice to read your blog. the thoughts are very well laid out and it was refreshing to read. i was able to find the information that i was looking for too. thanks!

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    Trish says June 23, 2012

    Thank you Anick! Glad to have been helpful.

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Cristina says June 1, 2012

Well stated. I can see why you wanted to share this one Trish. Thanks!

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    Trish says June 6, 2012

    🙂 …you're welcome Cristina!

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Jemes Hand says May 27, 2012

Thank you for sharing this awesome writing!

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    Trish says May 28, 2012

    David's writing is awesome, to say the least! Thanks Jemes.

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Olli Warelius says May 25, 2012

Thanks for the amazing post. I find your blog has a lot of variety in your articles. Thank you very much.

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    Trish says May 26, 2012

    You're very welcome Olli!

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Cleonei says May 25, 2012

you are very consistent in your quality of posts, and this one makes your site very reliable.

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    Trish says May 26, 2012

    Thanks Cleonei!

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Crispiana says May 24, 2012

this is a great post!

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    Trish says May 26, 2012

    Thanks Crispiana!

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Cristina says April 14, 2012

The effort you obviously made in posting this is the proof of how you like to help others, thanks!

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    Trish says May 18, 2012

    Well thank you Cristina!

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Carmen says March 6, 2012

thanks for such wonderful inspirational posting…keep posting more.. please!

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    Steve says May 15, 2012

    Thank you David J. Pollay!

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      Trish says May 26, 2012

      True Steve… thanks for appreciating the author. I do!

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    Rhanhie says May 18, 2012

    I like this one! Have printed myself a copy of it.

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      Trish says May 26, 2012

      Great, glad you enjoyed it Rhanhie!

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    Trish says May 18, 2012

    You got it Carmen!

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Leikam says December 22, 2011

This really my first time here, I stumbled onto your own blog. Out of the many comments on this article, I’m not the only person having all the enjoyment here. Nice work!

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    Trish says May 18, 2012

    Thanks Leikam !

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Tienda Barcelona says December 10, 2011

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    Trish says December 12, 2011

    Thanks! I too enjoyed David J. Pollay story, which is why I couldn't resist sharing it here.

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Jade Rathmell says November 15, 2011

I found your blog through google and examined a number of your posts. Great info!

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    Trish says May 18, 2012

    Glad you've enjoyed the reading Jade!

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Dawn Lynn says January 19, 2010

Thanks for posting this great story! My name is Dawn, and I work with David J. Pollay, the author of The Law of the Garbage Truck™. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that you can read the original story on David’s blog. It would mean a lot to us if you would let people know that David is the author of The Law of the Garbage Truck.

You can also find out more information about The Law of the Garbage Truck on http://www.davidpollay.com/. Make sure to check out the video of people in New York City taking the No Garbage Trucks!™ Pledge: http://www.davidpollay.com/. It’s pretty cool.

Thanks again!

Dawn

dawn@themomentumproject.com

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    Trish says January 20, 2010

    Thanks Dawn for bringing David's information here. Until now I never knew WHO wrote this. Since your comment was posted, I listened to David's video… VERY impressive. Good for him for telling this story. I have found this to be one of THE most enlightening stories ever written… and, I wish David much success!

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      Dawn says July 28, 2010

      Thank you for your kind words! We appreciate good people like you!
      Dawn

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        Amy says April 1, 2012

        Wow, well stated!

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          Trish says May 18, 2012

          Isn't it though?!

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        Diana White says May 18, 2012

        Well stated article. Thanks for posting it!

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          Trish says May 18, 2012

          And, I'm glad the author approved reprinting it here!

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