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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Thought for Today!

Filed under: Guest Authors,Relationships — Larry James @ 7:30 am

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving 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 breaks, 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. Forgive the ones who don’t.”

Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

Copyright – 2008 by David J. Pollay. Visit his Website and “take the garbage truck pledge.” Go to:

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  1. Thats a great story.

    I see it in terms of separating ourselves from events (and in some cases information). It is the ego that attaches a sense of self to things, events and information so when something bad happens like in your story the ego jumps to its own defence as though it has been attacked personally. The taxi driver was merely aware that the other guys actions were not a personal attack on him – he was present in the moment preventing his ego from responding. If he had of retaliated it would merely be two egos in conflict… each feeding and becoming inflated by the drama. Its a no-brainer really… but that’s life for many people…

    Comment by — Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 11:16 am | Reply

  2. Chris – Thank you for telling me who wrote the “Thought for Today!” It was sent to me without the author’s name by e-mail. I have added David’s BLOG and Website as links so others can benefit from his “garbage truck pledge.” Thanks again! – Larry James

    Comment by Larry James — Thursday, May 1, 2008 @ 1:05 pm | Reply

  3. 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 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: It’s pretty cool.

    Thanks again!


    Comment by Chris — Thursday, May 1, 2008 @ 9:05 am | Reply

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