Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Law Of The Garbage Truck ...

My Baby Sis sent me this little gem, and I felt it was important enough to want to share it with you all. It has a good message for everyone!

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 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? That guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!'

That 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 will 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! And remember, life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

We've talked about this before. Positive attitudes attract positive things, while negative attitudes attract negative things. This is a true natural Law and cannot be changed or disputed. It's very important to remain positive about all things...always!

Now, what do you say to some fresh coffee...


blondie said...

Good Story.
Good morning Jim.
I'll have that coffee now and try to hold onto my positive attitude for as long as I can, lol

HermitJim said...

Blondie...thanks for dropping by this morning. Glad you didn't hurt anything important yesterday...and hope you take it easy when going back at it today!

As always, I'll keep the coffee hot and the Vodka cold for ya!

See ya

meltcat said...

Hear, hear...very good lesson there, Friend Jim! And you know, hard as you try, you can't make everyone around you understand stuff like this...I see it at work alot, but the best I feel I can do is show them, not tell them.
Thanks for the people lesson. How are the roomies, today? And your legs?


js said...

Jim, this goes beyond positive attitudes and so on... at the bottom of that gesture is FORGIVENESS.

That's the lesson that the taxi driver learned, even if he does not know it and gives other excuses. He has learned how to truly forgive.


HermitJim said...

Hey Cat..thanks for dropping by and for the comments. Good idea to lead by example! More of us should do the same!

Hey John...forgiveness should be the cornerstone of our lives. More should learn that! The great leaders have tried to show that through the ages!

Thanks for dropping by

Chris said...

Thanks for posting this great story! My name is Chris, and I work with David J. Pollay, the author of The Law of the Garbage Truck™ - Beware of Garbage Trucks™! I just wanted to stop by and let you know that you can read the original story on David’s blog I know he’d love to have you stop by!

Also check out the video of people in New York City taking the No Garbage Trucks!™ Pledge: It’s pretty cool.

Thanks again!


HermitJim said...

Hey Chris...I can't thank you enough for letting me know where this outstanding post and it's lesson in life originated from! I was moved by it when I got it in an e-mail and even more so when I went to the website you pointed out to me.

I would like to repost it in it's entirety with proper credit being given to Mr. Pollay.

I try and keep these principles alive in my own life and I will definitly spread the word about David's blog. It is that important!