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.
Listen to David J. Pollay at TEDxDelrayBeach talking about how this came to be.
Credit for Header: image by Conmongt garbage garbage car truck on Pixabay
35 thoughts on “The Law of The Garbage Truck…”
I send my best to you.
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. 🙂
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!
Thank you Anick! Glad to have been helpful.
Well stated. I can see why you wanted to share this one Trish. Thanks!
🙂 …you're welcome Cristina!
Thank you for sharing this awesome writing!
David's writing is awesome, to say the least! Thanks Jemes.
Thanks for the amazing post. I find your blog has a lot of variety in your articles. Thank you very much.
You're very welcome Olli!
you are very consistent in your quality of posts, and this one makes your site very reliable.
this is a great post!
The effort you obviously made in posting this is the proof of how you like to help others, thanks!
Well thank you Cristina!
thanks for such wonderful inspirational posting…keep posting more.. please!
Thank you David J. Pollay!
True Steve… thanks for appreciating the author. I do!
I like this one! Have printed myself a copy of it.
Great, glad you enjoyed it Rhanhie!
You got it Carmen!
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!
Thanks Leikam !
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Thanks! I too enjoyed David J. Pollay story, which is why I couldn't resist sharing it here.
I found your blog through google and examined a number of your posts. Great info!
Glad you've enjoyed the reading Jade!
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 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!
Thank you for your kind words! We appreciate good people like you!
Wow, well stated!
Isn't it though?!
Well stated article. Thanks for posting it!
And, I'm glad the author approved reprinting it here!