Life and the law of the garbage truck!

October 8, 2008 at 4:07 pm (musing) (, , , )

I checked my office mail earlier and read the below in my inbox and felt that it was something worth sharing as it is a reminder to ourselves about life..

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 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!

So, I m going to try and take this advice to heart. I have been stuck as the garbage truck for quite a fair bit of time. All the frustrations, disappointments and anger has been building up over time but holding and clinging on to it isn’t doing me any good.

Hence, it’s time to let it go. Not dump it unto others but just to let it go… it’s going to be a super bumpy road cos i have been holding on to it so long that i wonder if i can really come out of this victorious. I’ve been disappointed by family, colleagues, ppl whom i tot were my friends, bf, bro.. life… over and over again.

But if i never try, i will never know. Training on Monday also taught me something that even if i do make resolutions year in and year out but do not seem to fulfill them, it doesn’t mean i should stop setting goals for myself but i should keep going on aspiring and trying to achieve them.

If you fail to plan, you really DO plan to fail!!

Our mind is a powerful tool and no one is your worst enemy than urself SO keep telling yourself that you can do it! and someday.. somehow, you WILL achieve it!!

letting go
letting go


ps: all pics on my blog are taken from google images or the respective blogger’s site unless otherwise stated.



  1. 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!


  2. Dan said,

    If you’d like a tool for setting your goals, you can use this web application:

    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    A mobile version and iCal are available too.

  3. goingkookies said,

    whoa.. it’s rather interesting that i got the above comments.

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