The Lesson of the Garbage Truck as it may relate to you!

How often do you let other people’s nonsense change your mood? Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive employee ruin your day? Unless you are the Terminator, for an instant you are probably set back on your heels. However, the mark of a successful person is how quickly they can get back their focus on what’s important.


Sixteen years ago I learned this lesson. I learned it in the back of a New York City Taxi Cab. Here’s what happened!


I hopped in a Taxi and we took off for Grand Central Station. We were driving in the right lane when all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My Taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded and missed the other car’s back end by just inches.


The Driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and he started cursing at us.


My Taxi Driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And, I mean he was friendly. So, I said, “Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!” And this is when my Taxi Driver told me what I now call, “The Law of the Garbage Truck.”


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 dumb it. And if you let them, they’ll dump it on you. When someone wants to dump on you, don’t take it personally. You just smile, wave, wish them well and move on. You’ll be happy you did.


So, this was it: The Law of the Garbage Truck.”


I started thinking how often do I let Garbage Trucks run over me? And, how often do I take their garbage and spread it to other people; at work; at home; on the streets. It was that day I said, “I’m not going to do it anymore.”


I began to see Garbage Trucks like in the movie “The Six Sense.” The little boy said, “I see Dead People.” Well, now “I see Garbage Trucks.”


I see the load they are carrying. I see them coming to drop it off. And like my Taxi Driver, I don’t make it a personal thing; I just smile, wave, wish them well and I move on.


The bottom line is that successful people do not let Garbage Trucks take over their day. What about you? What would happen in your life starting today if you let more Garbage Trucks pass you by?


Here is my bet. You’ll be happier! Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so, love the people who treat you right; forget about ones who don’t.


If you get a chance take it! If it changes your life, LET IT! Nobody said it would be easy, they just said it would be worth it!  


[Written by Anonymous]


“In the final analysis, it is not what happens to us in life that defines who we are, but how well we rise after we fall.” ©Sheriff Ali 2008-2013


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