Day: September 13, 2007

The Law Of The Garbage Truck

My mom sent me this story in an email and I don’t know if it actually happened, I just know that it made me think.  I makes perfect sense to me and seems like a wise way to live in a world so full of garbage…


How often do you let other people’s nonsense change your mood?  Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive employee ruin your day?  Unless you’re the Terminator, for an instant you’re probably set back on your heels.  However, the mark of a successful person is how quickly she can get back her focus on what’s important.  Sixteen years ago I learned this lesson.
I learned it in the back of a New York City taxi cab.  Here’s what happened.   I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Grand Central Station.  We were driving in the right lane when, all of a sudden, 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’s back end by just inches!  The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and he started yelling bad words at us.

My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy.  And I mean, he was friendly.  So, I said, “Why did you just do that?  This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!”  And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now call, “The Law of the Garbage Truck.”  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 if you let them, they’ll dump it on you.  When someone wants to dump on you, don’t take it personally.  You just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on.  You’ll be happy you did.”

So this was it: “The Law of the Garbage Truck.”  I started thinking, how often do I let Garbage Trucks run right over me?  And how often do I take their garbage and spread it to other people: at work, at home, on the streets?  It was that day I said, “I’m not going to do it anymore.”  I began to see garbage trucks.  Like in the movie ” The Sixth Sense,” the little boy said, “I see Dead People.”  Well, now “I see Garbage Trucks.”  I see the load they’re carrying.  I see them coming to drop it off.  And like my Taxi Driver, I don’t make it a personal thing; I just smile, wave, wish them well, and I move on. 

One of my favorite football players of all time, Walter Payton, did this every day on the football field.
He would jump up as quickly as he hit the ground after being tackled.   He never dwelled on a hit.   Payton was ready to make the next play his best. 

Good leaders know they have to be ready for their next meeting.  Good parents know that they have to welcome their children home from school with hugs and kisses.  Leaders and parents know that they have to be fully present, and at their best for the people they care about.  The bottom line is that successful people do not let Garbage Trucks take over their day.  What about you?  What would happen in your life, starting today, if you let more garbage trucks pass you by? 

Here’s my bet.  You’ll be happier.  Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so..
Love the people who treat you right.  Forget about the ones who don’t.  Believe that everything happens for a reason.  If you get a chance , TAKE IT!   If it changes your life , LET IT!  Nobody said it would be easy… They just promised it would be worth it! 

Thursday Thirteen 5th Edition


This week, my TT will be 13 things I am thankful for (in no specific order):

1.  I am thankful for my loving husband who puts up with my mood swings, my need to be right and still makes me laugh.

2.  I am thankful for each of my children, the 4 who are with me and the 2 who are with the Lord.  They keep me young, keep me up to date on what’s going on today, make me laugh so hard I can barely stand and make me so proud to be their mom.

3.  I am thankful for my family and friends no matter how crazy they are and that they have kept me close to their hearts and have been by my side through the good times and the not so good times.

4.  I am thankful that God has blessed us with a roof over our heads, cars to get us all where we need to go, clothes for our backs and food for our tummies.

5.  I am thankful for the love and grace given to me by my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ without whom I would not be here.

6.  I am thankful that I live in a country where I have freedom of speech, freedom of religion and other freedoms too numerous to list.

7.  I am thankful that my husband finally decided to support me in my decision to have WLS and that to date I have lost over 58 pounds and have gained my sense of self and purpose.

8.  I am thankful to have my oldest son home for the first time in over 7 years when he joined the Navy.

9.  I am thankful that my oldest daughter has found her soul mate and that he is a wonderful man who loves her, treasures her and fits right in with our family.

10.  I am thankful that God is in my life and when things get to be too much to handle, I can call on Him and He’ll carry my burden and deal with the nonsense that I cannot.

11.  I am thankful that summer is nearly over and the weather will start to get cooler so I can haul out my hoodies, dust off my crockpot and put lots and lots of mums, cornstalks and pumpkins in the yard and watch football on Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays!!!

12.  I am thankful that even though I have been out of work for over 3 years, God has sustained us financially.  I know that without Him we would not have been able to make it.

13.  I am thankful that my husband loves me so much that he would put aside his dislike for animals, and let me keep my doggie Biskit who keeps me company, makes me laugh and has so much love to give it sometimes makes me cry when I think of all the dogs out there that have no homes to go to.

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