The Garbage Truck Rule

Saturday, April 11, 2009 Hand-posted by Jennifer

I ran across this and thought it was a pretty nice read.  See, my husband recently started trucking and I hear alot about “crazy drivers” on the road so I related.

The Garbage Truck Ruleanonymous

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a 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 tax 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 happens to you and ninety percent attitude!

Have a garbage-free day!



  1. Deanne G said...

    WOW! Thanks for such a good story! It is SO TRUE!

  2. All Things Frugal For You And Me said...

    Hey I likey!

    I'm gonna teach it to my kids-can't learn that lesson early enough;)

    Thanks for sharing...

  3. Pyrrh Pianissimo said...

    Zig Ziglar told a story much like this, back in the early 80s, and it has been an important life lesson for me. Basically the Boss had a late night so was irritable and yelled at Daddy, Daddy yelled at Mommy when he got home, Mommy yelled at her little boy, then the little boy kicked his cat, "Just because he must be up to no good". So when someone is rude to me, I try my best to be nice, because I figure that someone has been kicking his cat all day long!

  4. Coupon Mommie said...

    That sounds funny! To think "Kicking his cat!" when you see someone mad. LOL.

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