Law of the Garbage Truck

September 30, 2009 | 4 comments

Sent in by a reader…

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.

Have a blessed, garbage-free day!


4 thoughts on “Law of the Garbage Truck”

  1. Oh… this is very cool. What a great way to diffuse garbage thrown at you! Thank you to whoever shared it and to you Evan for passing it along

  2. Thank you for this healing story. I just sent it to a group of people at my office who are not getting along at the moment because of all the “garbage” they’re carrying around. One of them answered right back saying “What a true story! I’ll try not to let garbage trucks take over my day….” I hope some of the others pick up on the idea and dump their garbage!

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