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Saturday, June 21, 2008

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 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 our 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 is 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.'


  1. Being the bigger person is always the best way to go but it never is easy..

  2. wah! nicely said man. The truth and only truth! I also pilling up like that, sometimes. hehe.. One of the easiest target is maid. Poor her.. sigh.. I am definitely trying to change it...

  3. shemah - Yes I agree it never easy but we can keep trying :)

    bluecrystaldude - Yes me too. Sometimes I just did not realize that I have thrown my garbage to others. Poor them :( Start from today I have promised to myself that I won't do that anymore.

  4. 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!


  5. That is one wise taxi driver!

  6. hey faisaladmar,

    it is not fair to throw the 'garbage' to others especially when they have nothing to do with it... altho' they got something to do with it pun... still, it is not worth it... *friendship, loveship, lallalaship*

    imagine... try to be on their shoes... how it might feels?? hurt???

    p/s: to whom that have patient in me...thanks so much. to whom that don't... i'm sorry... will try harder to change next time...

  7. that's a really great principle to follow. we don't need to go as low as others when we are better off.

  8. chris - Wow! This is cool. I got this story via email and I guess this is something good to share with my friends and bloggers out there. I have read his blog and he is a great motivator. I adore him. Thanks for commenting on my blog and let me know about the real author. This is interesting :)

    rozella - Erk taxi driver? Why would a taxi driver bring garbage along? Lol.

    love-n-hate - Yes I agree with you (even though you always tell me to argue with you to make life interesting :P). Put yourself in other people's shoes, and if it hurt then do not do it to others :) Story like this help us to smile and motivate us to go through our daily life in happiness.

    farah - Yes I agree but it's very hard for a hot tempered people :) I'm trying my best everyday not to throw my garbage to others... Ops!


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