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