We are facing many challenges today. The economy has taken a downward turn, millions of people are out of work, social unrest is rampant, and to top it off we are dealing with a pandemic, COVID-19.
Some people are having a hard time dealing with all that is going on. We must remember this fact as we deal with each other. If we learn to look at things through the eyes of others, then perhaps we would not take things personally. Maybe we would feel a little more empathy for each other. We should never allow the way someone treats us change who we are or make us act out of our normal character. A few years ago, I came across a story that illustrates this point. It is called the Law of the Garbage Truck Driver, enjoy…
Law of the Garbage Truck Driver:
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 do not.
Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!
Have a garbage-free day!
– Author Unknown