Monday, April 14, 2008

The Law Of The Garbage Truck

This is from an email from a friend. I don't know who to credit with originally writing it. It is well worth passing along, so here goes.

"The Law Of The Garbage Truck
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. Do not 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.' You gotta love them too!"

The person that sent this email to me ended it the words, "May God Smile On You Today."
Thanks, Donna for this wonderful lesson from your forwarded email.

I would add a few more words to this. Bless those people as you send them on their way. I didn't same damn them. I said bless them. Haven't most of us been there, done that, and then later regretted our actions and words. I hope that more of you will remember this garbage truck analogy the next time you find yourself in the position of blasting someone for being in your way. We all have way too much stress in our lives. Blowing off stream by blasting someone else isn't the way to release our frustrations. Stop, take a breath, and think about your blessings instead. You are alive today. Enjoy it. Have a glorious day.

8 comments:

Andrea|Empowered Soul said...

Great article, Patricia! It reminded me of the times when I was on the road an awful lot. I used to visit my clients' homes as a massage therapist, so I was always driving. Whenever someone cut me off or was obnoxiously weaving, I would send them a blessing. It helped me handle the stressful Phoenix rush hour in a way that actually nurtured me!

Blessings,
Andrea

Patricia Singleton said...

Andrea, thanks for sharing your example of putting this principle to work in your life.

This story came to me as an email on the day that I asked God, my guides and angels for guidance on whatever was necessary for my personal and spiritual growth for that day. Asking for intuitive information has been working for me in a very big way all week long. Why is asking so very hard for so many of us? I invite anybody who reads this to try it for a week. As Andrea taught us in our class this week, "Ask, ask, ask." for what you want. Have a glorious day.

wendikelly said...

Patricia,
I like that story. I am always nice to people when I am in my car. I have my name on my license plate heheheh. IT makes you think twice:)

Patricia Singleton said...

Wendikelly, glad you like the story. Maybe more of us should put our names on our license plate. Thanks for stopping by.

Leal said...

Well I don't really have a car, but I know what you mean by people dumping their garbage on others. I usually try treating everyone with respect, even if they do me wrong. I don't see any good if I do them the same thing. For I like the saying in the Bible that says, "Do onto others, what you would want them to do onto you." Not sure if its written that way. Nice post.

Patricia Singleton said...

Leal, thanks. Wouldn't it be a much nicer world if more people lived by the Golden Rule from the Bible. Have a glorious day.

Chris said...

Thanks for posting this great story! My name is Chris, 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!

Chris

chris@bewareofgarbagetrucks.com

Patricia Singleton said...

Chris, thank you so much for posting this for me so that I and my readers can check out the site and David's original story. It was too good to just pass on as an email. This philosophy is how I want to live my life. I always want to remember that I don't have to take on someone else's garbage and I can also be aware and stop myself for dumping my garbage on others.