Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Garbage Truck Theory

I read this “story” that am about to share now a while back and it really changed the way I view people’s reactions / attitude.

I sure do hope you read it and also get the insight I got from it.


Story by David J. Pollay (the Author of The Law of the Garbage Truck)
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? 

Read the “theory” below and get a different perspective:

Several 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 yelling bad words 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? That 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 dump 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.

I started thinking, how often do I let Garbage Trucks run right 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’.

“Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. Love the people who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don't. Believe that everything happens for a reason” 

Never let the Garbage Truck run over you. 

Choose to be HAPPY.

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