Project Alicia : The Law of the Garbage Truck

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Law of the Garbage Truck

Had this sent to me and wanted to share. Perfect for all the crazy Christmas hustle and bustle...

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 brakes, 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. Pray for the ones who don't. Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it! Have a garbage-free day!

As you are out and about- are you being dumped on or are you the dumpee?


  1. I love the story in this. And I feel like some crotchety people almost prefer to be the overflowing garbage truck, instead of just dumping somewhere - anywhere - to stop being so crabby!

  2. Excellent story! It is TRULY empowering to be able to just let the garbage stay back there where it landed. Nice read.

  3. Ran into quite a few garbage trucks this weekend while shopping the "the big city". This is such a fantastic message, and super timely!

  4. What an awesome story especially for this time of year. TFS :)

  5. I'm usually being dumped on, but have no problem killing people with kindness. There's really only been 1 time when I reacted badly, but this woman almost hit us with her car when she was backing out of parking stall and didn't see us. She had the audacity to get mad at me and stick the middle finger at me. Some people...

  6. I feel I am constantly being dumped upon. I feel it is my purpose in life. I am ok with it.