Monday, November 19, 2007

The Law of the Garbage Truck

Dear All,
Something for us to ponder. God bless.

Go through the story below and think about yourself. How do you react?

This something we have to think about seriously.

Remember, don't let their 'Garbage' fall on us 'cos we are not the 'Dustbin' .

Beware of Garbage Trucks
by David J. Pollay

How often do you let other people's nonsense change your mood?
Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive
employee ruin your day? Unless you're the Terminator, for an instant you're
probably set back on your heels. However, the mark of a successful person is
how quickly he/she can get back her focus on what's important.

Sixteen years ago I learned this lesson. I learned it in the back of a
New York City taxi cab. Here's what happened.

I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Grand Central Station.
We were driving in the right lane when, all of a sudden, 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's back end by
just inches!

The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident,
whipped his head around and he started yelling bad words at us.
My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was
friendly. So, I said, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined
your car and sent us to the hospital!'

And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now call, 'The Law of
the Garbage Truck.'

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 if you let them, they'll
dump it on you.

When someone wants to dump on you, don't take it personally.

You just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on.
You'll be happy you did.

So this was it: The 'Law of the Garbage Truck.'
I started thinking, how often do I let Garbage Trucks run right over me?
And how often do I take their garbage and spread it to other people:
at work, at home, on the streets?
It was that day I said, 'I'm not going to do it anymore.'
I began to see garbage trucks.
I see the load they're carrying. I see them coming to drop it off.
And like my Taxi Driver, I don't make it a personal thing; I just
smile, wave, wish them well, and I move on.

One of my favorite football players of all time, Walter Payton, did
this every day on the football field.
He would jump up as quickly as he hit the ground after being tackled.
He never dwelled on a hit. Payton was ready to make the next play his best.

1. Good leaders know they have to be ready for their next meeting.
2. Good parents know that they have to welcome their children home from
school with hugs and kisses.
3. Teachers and parents know that they have to be fully present, and at
their best for the people they care about.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let Garbage Trucks
take over their day.

What about you?
What would happen in your life, starting today, if you let more
garbage trucks pass you by?

You'll be happier Here's my bet. So......

1. Love the people who treat you right.
2. Forget about the ones who don't.
3. Believe that everything happens for a reason.
4. If you get a chance , TAKE IT!
5. If it changes your life , LET IT!

Nobody said it would be easy...
They just promised it would be worth it!

7 comments:

Kelly Mahoney said...

Good points.

nyonyapenang said...

Hi Nightwing,

Fully agree with you. And I'd like to add :- 'don't shake the small stuff.'

Have a nice day. :)

Nightwing said...

Hi Kelly,

Ya, the original writer did well in that..:)

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Hi Nyonya,

Thanks for the add on...:) You have a great week ahead...:)

Ms eNVy said...

Hi nightwing .. tht's a good story .. my mom always said to me .. 'bila orang buang batu to you .. kita buang bunga balik ' :) with tht saying I've managed to pick myself up all the time and move on ..

Nightwing said...

Ms Envy,

Nice one, good words to remember..:) Keep Well now...:)

Chris said...

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Nightwing said...

Helo Chris,

Welcome and thanks for visiting my crib.

And also thanks for the web site links...:)

You take care now..Cheers.