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.

Listen to David J. Pollay at TEDxDelrayBeach talking about how this came to be.


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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.

35 thoughts on “The Law of The Garbage Truck…”

    • 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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  5. 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.

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    Thanks again!



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