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? This guy almost caused an accident
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, full of
disappointment and rage. 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 pick up their
garbage and spread it to other people in your life, whether at work, at
home, or to people that you don’t even know on the streets.
Always remember that good people do not let garbage trucks take over
their day. Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets,
‘Love the people who treat you right and forgive the ones who don’t.’