Thursday, August 27, 2009

The law of the garbage truck

I’m going to be away for a few days and wanted to leave this with you while I’m gone.

By Anzelle En Juan Bezuidenhout

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, '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.

Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

Have a blessed, garbage-free day!

15 comments:

Funny in my mind said...

Did you post this for me? Because this is my husbands outlook and even though it ticks me off a lot, it is absolutely true. When I wanted to get mad and say rude things to our manager, he said "why allow her to ruin our life when she has already made hers bad" "does she get to win, or do we?"
I just cherish you!

PictureGirl said...

Thanks for the 'garbage lesson'.

Have some nice time off.

The Wife O Riley said...

What a wonderful lesson! I will always remember this when someone is nasty.

Thank you.

Leah said...

Ahhhhhhhh. This is so refreshing and exactly what I needed to hear this morning. :-D

sherri said...

Thanks. I needed that.

Intense Guy said...

The old computer sages in the ages of yore (like around 1980) just to say much the same thing...

"Garbage in, garbage out"

:) ...I never thought of "Niceness out, niceness in" until now.

Enjoy your time away!

Intense Guy said...

just = used...

Ugh.. me and my typos. :)

Tori_z said...

Great post! :)

jewelzmomof4 said...

I needed that today mom thank you. I love you have a great weekend.

Karla said...

what a wonderful lesson..we all need to be reminded from time to time...
Have fun on your weekend to wherever you're going and hurry back!

AliceKay said...

Have a great weekend.

LadyStyx said...

Have a wonderful break time!

ChicagoLady said...

Great lesson, we all need to pay more attention to how we react to everyone around us. Hope you enjoyed your time away.

Dawn said...

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™ - 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 davidjpollay.typepad.com. 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: bewareofgarbagetrucks.com. It’s pretty cool.

Thanks again!

Dawn

dawn@themomentumproject.com

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