The Law of the Garbage Truck

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

Passed on from a friend:

The Law of the Garbage Truck...
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
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
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!
Have a blessed, garbage-free day!

Comments (13)

Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

I have never heard this before. This is a really good blog and thanks for the post and the smile

Oct 20, 2008 12:39 AM
Jeanean Gendron
The Address Realty - Redding, CA
Specializing in Selling Unique Properties

What a great story. Thanks for sharing and it truly is a blessing that you received that day.

Oct 20, 2008 12:43 AM
Marian Goetzinger
Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000 - Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Crystal Coast Real Estate NC

Thanks for a good smile to start the day.  Good luck to you.

Oct 20, 2008 12:49 AM
Ed Cheek
Cheek One Properties, LLC - New Orleans, LA

What a wonderful story Manolis.......HOME RUN!!!!

It is so refreshing to hear a real life story that can be applied to everyone.

Rather than pretend the garbage trucks dont exist, pray for them!

Thank you for your wonderful post!

Oct 20, 2008 12:49 AM
Lorena McMullen
3DX Real Estate - Novi, MI
Serving SE Michigan

Great thought yet a sad reality.

Oct 20, 2008 12:52 AM
Gene Mock
Associate Broker ~ Premier Team, KW Realty - Leesburg, VA

great story Manolis.  Thanks for sharing.    

Oct 20, 2008 12:55 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

I'd never heard this one before... what a great image.

Oct 20, 2008 01:01 AM
Deanne Olivas
eXp Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Your Home Matters

Thank you for that message. An attitude of prayer or anger-now which would will make my day? It is always my choice, isn't it?

Oct 20, 2008 01:05 AM
Jennifer Riley
Real Estate Mortgage Network, Inc. - Dallas, TX

Thanks for a great reminder, attitude is a choice.

Oct 20, 2008 01:24 AM
Rebecca Schrader
Competitive Insurance of Dundee - Dundee, FL


More people should be like the Taxi Driver in your story...we all need to take things with a better attitude...Hope you have a "garbage free" week! Thanks for the post.

Oct 20, 2008 01:37 AM
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Manolis,  there is too much garbage in the world, and it will weigh you down if you try to carry it all day..leave the trash outside were it belongs, because it will begin to stink if you take it indoors. Thanks for the thoughts. Steve

Oct 20, 2008 01:45 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Manolis, a fabulous philosophy to live by.  Thanks for the post!

Oct 20, 2008 07:38 AM

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 TruckTM - Beware of Garbage TrucksTM! 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!TM Pledge: It's pretty cool.

Thanks again!


Oct 20, 2008 08:46 AM