The Law of Garbage Trucks

Sunday, January 27, 2013

[ Original story, by David J. Pollay ]

Sixteen years ago I learned an important life lesson, in the back of a New York City taxi cab.

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 brakes, skidded,
and missed the other car by mere inches! The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and started yelling bad words at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was actually friendly!

So, I asked him, "Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and could've sent us to the hospital!"

And this is when my taxi driver told me about what I now call, "The Law of Garbage Trucks."

"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. Instead, just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. You'll be happier because you did."

Wow. That really got me thinking about how often do I let Garbage Trucks run right over me? AND, how often do I then take their garbage and spread it onto other people: at work, at home, on the streets? It was that day I resolved, "I'm not going to do it anymore."

Since then, I have started to see Garbage Trucks everywhere. Just as the kid in the Sixth Sense movie said, "I see dead people," I can now say, "I see Garbage Trucks." :)

I see the load they're 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.
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    I had heard this story before...great aha moment...then and now! Thanks for sharing. I especially like your take on it...Now I see Garbage Trucks! That's a keeper! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    1942 days ago
    Great story, and attitude! emoticon
    1942 days ago
    That's a great scenario to live by. You're right. You can only get mad if YOU let yourself get mad. Why not just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on? You feel better about yourself for doing it.
    1944 days ago
    That Taxi driver is one smart fella . Jesus said to turn the other cheek (in so many words) and that idea is what he meant. As a nurse I often meet those "garbage trucks".and remember . THERE FOR THE GRACE OF GOD GO I!!
    1944 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Pat, I LOVED this blog! I loved it so much I am going to copy it and send it to a few people, I hope that is all right. I shall always think of "garbage trucks" now when I'm out in the world!

    This is surely a Keeper, as are you!

    1944 days ago
    Great story - reminds me of an article I read years ago, about not letting anyone put the monkey (their negativity) on your back
    1944 days ago
    awesome. thanks so much for posting.
    I am going to look at people in a different light now.
    Have a terrific day.
    1945 days ago
    sometimes easier said than done!
    1945 days ago
    Wonderful story! I've seen a few garbage trucks, too.....
    1945 days ago
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