Law of the Garbage Truck

Motivational Story


“Life is a magic vase filled to the brim, so made that you cannot dip from it nor draw from it; but it overflows into the hand that drops treasures into it. Drop in malice and it overflows hate; drop in charity and it overflows love.” -John Ruskin


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 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. Be friendly to the ones who don’t.”


“When our buttons are pushed a ton of energy comes rushing through under pressure. Someone is poking our defenses! And that tends to feel hot and angry and immediate and deeply personal. When it comes down to it, though, all that energy tends to have very little to do with the person actually pushing the button.” –The Daily Spark

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