August 23, 2013

The Law of the Garbage Truck


How often does a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive relative ruin your day with a thoughtless action, an angry rant, or a snide remark? And how often have you ruined someone else’s day?

“One day I hopped into a taxi to go to the airport. The Driver was moving in the right lane when, suddenly a car jumped out of the parking space right in front of the taxi. The Taxi driver slammed his brakes, skidded and missed the other car by just inches thus avoiding a life-threatening car crash.
The Driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at the taxi driver. Surprisingly, the taxi driver just smiled and waved at the other guy. Amused by his gesture, I asked him “Why did you do that? This guy almost sent us to the Hospital!”  What followed is history. The Taxi Driver’s response sparked the defining principle of what I now call ‘The Law of the Garbage Truck’. He replied:
‘Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As the garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it. And if you let them, they’ll dump it on you. So when someone wants to dump on you, don’t take it personally. Don’t take their garbage and spread it to the other people at work, at home or on the streets. Move on.’
The bottom-line is: Successful People do not let garbage trucks overtake their day. Take control of your life. Don’t let other people’s bad behavior hold you back. Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. Love the people who treat you right and Pray for the ones who don’t”
The Law of the Garbage Truck Doodle by Me ;)

Twenty years ago, while riding in a New York City taxi, syndicated columnist and business consultant David J. Pollay had this experience. Through his experience he defined the above and law and is helping people today in the mission to increase HAPPINESS, SUCCESS and CIVILITY in the world.

In his book titled “The Law of the Garbage Truck” he teaches us how to:
Avoid getting dumped on by rude, thoughtless, and angry people
Stop reliving the negative in our past, and fearing the future
Focus on what we can control, not the negative things we can’t
Reduce incivility wherever we find it, and stop bullies in their tracks
Improve our relationships by not dumping on our friends, parents, spouse, or coworkers
Find happiness again after dealing with illness, loss, and personal tragedy
Increase productivity, respect, and cooperation by creating a No Garbage Trucks! Zone in our business, school, and home
Gain the courage to enjoy every day, do what we love, and make a difference

Cuppy Cake’s Sister whatsapped me this message. Thankies.

Have a blessed, GARBAGE – FREE DAY !



  1. Good post and yes its a good book too. We see many many such garbage trucks everyday. We need to avoid these in order to be happy.

  2. Hmm that was a sage in the garb of a taxi driver. Nice post meow. It has got me thinking


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