The Law Of The Garbage Truck

Being a moderator of any major community is a pretty thankless job. You still do it coz you know that its the right thing to do. But every now and then you come across predatory people who will abuse you for doing exactly what is expected of you – keeping the order so that the majority can go about their business.

They don’t stop at bad mouthing you wherever they can but you learn to live with it and the one thing that helps me get through stuff like this is the Law of the Garbage Truck, read on…

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.

This is actually a popular email forward, not something I’ve written, but it makes so much sense I just had to share it with you. So don’t get enmeshed in the garbage, smile and move on to success.

5 thoughts on “The Law Of The Garbage Truck”

  1. Thanks for posting this great story! My name is Dawn, 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!


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  2. Hey Wiz

    Thanks for the great share. I really appreciated it. Unfortunatly it seems a little to late for me as far as being a mod goes.

    I value you support and I value your friendship even more.

    Thanks for being a friend.

  3. A great LAW one has to follow. I ll be the one smiling at people yelling me from now on. Hope this helps us to be cool & calm, also will make the other one too happy.

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