The Law of the Garbage Truck

This snippet was read by my yoga instructor at my last class. It was a good thing to help let go of junk from the day and focus on the present. I think it is good advice that I want to remember for work (among other things). A bit of Googling revealed the source – a book with the title “The Law of the Garbage Truck” by David J. Pollay.

The Law of the Garbage Truck

One day I hopped in a taxi and took off for the airport. We were in the right lane when suddenly a 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 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. 

I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, ‘Why did you do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!’ Then my taxi driver taught me what I now call, “The Law of the Garbage Truck”. 

He said some 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.

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