Law of the Garbage Truck

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Law of the Garbage Truck 

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!

– Author Unknown

55 thoughts on “Law of the Garbage Truck

  1. On dear Maggie, I am so happy this resonated with you. No matter what, let folks keep their own garbage. You are not a trash compactor right? Enjoy your day my friend. πŸŒžπŸŒΊπŸ€—βœ¨πŸ˜˜

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  2. People often say “don’t take it personally”, but this story is so vivid and compelling, and suddenly it isn’t impersonal, judgy advise but wisdom I can carry in my heart and mind! Thank you!

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  3. Wise teachers are everywhere, including here, with you, Maven of Motivation. πŸ™πŸ»Thank you for sharing this empowering story that is applicable to many situations and people.

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  4. Oh bless you Joanna. πŸ™πŸΌ It’s a reminder just in the event we run into someone slinging some garbage and we will tell them to keep their trash to themselves! LOL πŸ€£πŸ˜πŸ˜‚ Stay well girlfriend.


  5. And thank you so much Ginger for your insight. Girl, I can connect and understand. I think we all have run into some people who dump , or at least try to dump their issues and drama on you. Nope, not today, and tomorrow ain’t lookin’ too good either! 😜

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  6. Really good one. πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚
    Mostly garbage in a garbage truck are very most back and away from the steering wheel – many other vehicles, the trash is located immediately (too closely) behind the steering wheel. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  7. I clink my glass to yours Michele πŸ₯‚ because ladybug, you are spot on! There are so many empowering lessons everywhere, if we are willing to pay attention. Thank goodness we try! πŸ₯°πŸ’πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–πŸ˜˜ Thank you and I appreciate ya my Dancing Queen! πŸ€—

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  8. Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Amazing post! Dear Kym=wise woman.
    A garbage free every day please! Ten percent what you make and ninety how you take it…
    Thank’s for share it. Have a lovely evening and relaxing tea time! Cheers!
    Abrazote mi amiga!!!

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  9. Willingness to pay attention. Right you are and yes, we do! 😌 Back at you, magnificent multi-talented mover and shaker! πŸ’ͺπŸ½πŸ’ƒπŸ½βœπŸ½πŸ”Š

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  10. Excellent story! However, I wonder how he would have reacted if the other car had hit you guys and sent you all to the hospital or even killed someone. As a general rule, however, it’s the right response.

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  11. Thank you sooooooooooooo much Elvira! Yes mi amiga, have a Garbage-Free day. Do not let anyone rain on your parade my dear. Have a relaxing evening and an amazing weekend! πŸŒžπŸŒΊπŸ˜˜βœ¨πŸ˜€πŸ₯‚πŸ˜πŸ’–β˜•

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  12. Warren my friend, you are not alone. We just have to make some mental adjustments and do not allow anyone to dampen your day! Not anymore my friend! πŸ₯°πŸŒΊπŸ€—πŸ¦‹πŸŒž


  13. You know how to brighten my day don’t you Dancing Queen? 🌞 I am sending those positive vibes right back your way. We have to continue to empower each other and I am so glad to have your empowering force-field in my corner. Whoooohooooo!!! πŸ˜πŸ’–πŸ˜˜πŸŒ·πŸ€—πŸ₯‚πŸ˜€

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  14. Aww! Thank’s dear Kym!
    A wonderful day for both!
    Enjoy your evening full of relaxing time and lovely glass of wine!

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  15. Girl Dawn, sometimes getting all bent out of shape would have only escalated the situation. You know girl, I am so glad that I have grown up, not just physically, but mentally and spiritually. I probably would not have responded in such a civil manner several years ago! 😲

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  16. Elvira, girlfriend, I don’t know whether I will be drinking something smooth and relaxing like my hot tea. Or….I may pick my poison for wine or a malt beverage! Either way my friend, it’s going to be a relaxing one! 😴 Enjoy whatever floats your boat for relaxation my dear!!! β›΅πŸ˜˜β˜•πŸ€—πŸ₯‚πŸ˜πŸ’ŽπŸ’

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  17. Girl Dawn, I can understand what you mean. But honey, everyone is doing all kinds of crazy things behind the wheel, except for driving. I just try to take a deep breath while I am behind the wheel. I have seen what happens when things escalate from vehicular confrontations! EEK! πŸš—πŸš›πŸš™ Have a fab weekend my friend! 😍

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  18. Yes! “Don’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.” Such an important message. This is why I always forgive a waitress or cashier if they are short with me or even rude. I have no idea why they are filled with garbage, but I refuse to carry some of it with me. I often say “I sure hope your day gets better.”

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  19. Girlfriend, there you go. Perfect answer. I too try to give them a pass and compliment them on something that will make them smile. I have enough of my own trash to deal with and I don’t need someone else’s dump truck to make my load any heavier! πŸ€œπŸΌπŸ€›πŸΌ Thanks Bridgette. 😍 Have a fantastic day! 🌞

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