The Law of the Garbage Truck

by Stephen on June 16, 2013 · 41 comments

in Inspiring Stories

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, 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 (frustration, anger, and disappointment, etc.). 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 blessed, garbage-free day.

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{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Meshileya israel June 16, 2013 at 12:50 pm

This is lovely, keep up the good work.

2 Halima June 16, 2013 at 1:46 pm

It’s lovely & so inspiring keep it up by inspiring the people to live their life better & be successful.

3 Halima June 16, 2013 at 1:47 pm

God will repay u here & after.

4 Rozy June 16, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Thank you very much for this wonderful thought.

5 Bushra M June 16, 2013 at 2:56 pm

I was so lonely a few hours ago, but your post has liftted my spirits and encouraged me to take thinngs lightly… Thank u so much! God bless u! 🙂

6 Prasurjya June 16, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Thanx for the thought…..thnx for such a positivity…God Bless 🙂

7 Anush S June 16, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Wonderful thought.

8 Josephine June 17, 2013 at 12:25 am

I badly needed a story like this. It gave me the right medicine. Now I understand why and how to avoid garbage truck and be happy. Thank you very much. Continue writing.

9 Shalini June 17, 2013 at 2:23 am

Thanks Stephen for such a beautiful thought. Keep up the good work.

10 Farhath June 17, 2013 at 2:32 am

Always this post will make me to motivate my aim and spirit and make me to learn new things. THanks a lot.

11 Charles Jose June 17, 2013 at 2:38 am

This is from the book the Law of Garbage Truck by David J Polley and the book is very good and gives you a lot of thought, of course which are known to us and we fail to exercise. I strongly recommed to read the book, to all the people and especially people who are short tempered, stressed and depressed due to others.

12 Kirti June 17, 2013 at 4:24 am

Wow nice some people are really like garbage trucks 🙂 but you need not spoil your day for them !

13 Madhushree June 17, 2013 at 5:09 am

This site is just amazing and the stories are awesome. Almost everyday I visit this site, just to see if a new story has been posted…though I know very well, it’ll be posted only once in a week! I’m so addicted to the stories. Hats off to your great work! Thanks a lot….. keep inspiring the mankind 🙂

14 Dhruv June 17, 2013 at 6:20 am

Very well said.

15 Madhav June 17, 2013 at 6:23 am

Nicely put. Simple and effective.

16 Madhusudhan June 17, 2013 at 7:32 am

Very good story.

17 Boniswa June 17, 2013 at 8:09 am

So true and definately agrees with the principles of the Bible.

18 Anna Petrosyan June 18, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Thanks much. Good one.

19 Kevin Pyakape June 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Very encouraging. If you choose to be Happy you will be. I choose to always be and see every obstacles in a positive way.

20 Sneha June 19, 2013 at 5:22 am

It’s realy encouraging. Please keep it up.

21 Zakariah June 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm

This is a bone crusher – must be inco-operated in circulatory system.

22 Juliet June 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Very inspirational and uplifting.

23 Js Park June 20, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Still a better story than Twilight…lol, j/k. 🙂

Another inspirational blog added to the list of reading. Thanks for the nice stories.

24 Camilia June 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I loved this story !

25 Shaik Athic Basha June 24, 2013 at 8:46 am

It is so nice, ones thought & dumping garbage thing like ego and all can be removed by this story.

26 Allan Pinto June 25, 2013 at 3:30 am

With the world in such a mess, stories like these give us hope for a better tomorrow. Keep up the good work!

27 Viet Nguyen June 29, 2013 at 11:28 pm

This must be the best story that I’ve read so far.

28 Leong May May July 1, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Agree with the law of the garbage truck. We should have no regrets in life, life is short, play hard! Cheers!

29 Chitzzi July 6, 2013 at 7:15 am

Just shake the garbage off you because other people frustrations aren’t yours.

30 Venkat July 7, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Very good inspiring story.

31 Zoe July 8, 2013 at 6:42 pm

It sounded funny when I first read it, but then it left me with hopes for a brighter day today. In a world where morality is spiralling down, people with such attitudes are a blessing.

32 Mary Pitakera July 12, 2013 at 2:40 am

Very inspiring story good one it makes my spirit lifted and reminds me not to carry others garbage around.

33 Dr. Derrick Angelsz August 9, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Make yourself complete love so that no matter who gives you what you can share your overflowing love in your surrounding!

34 Renu Dhir September 3, 2013 at 5:59 am

Awesome it’s really encouraging.

35 Prithv November 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Great story dude… Much needed for everyone.. especially me. My parents dump me with a huge amount of garbage everyday.. but after reading this it seems that everything happens for a reason.. Thanks a lot author..

36 Kartik .J.Nimbalkar.. January 5, 2014 at 3:24 pm

The author has done an amazing job. The stories are very inspiring.. It stimultes us to encash all the opportunities we receive from our life..

37 Mohammad asif September 26, 2014 at 8:00 am

It is a great lesson in my life I have ever learned, I live in a community where the majority of the people load garbage, I practice this and now really feel good

38 TATENDA MUGABE November 27, 2014 at 8:09 am

Quite inspirational

39 Tina February 15, 2015 at 2:47 am

Wonderful message.

40 Mahmut KISA October 1, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Literally a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing…

41 Winnie boronjo April 26, 2016 at 8:36 am


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