This classic was sent to me by three separate friends in the last week and like one of them encouraged that he believes this can become handy for someone here. We begin this week with these questions. How often do you let other people’s overbearing attitude alter your mood? Do you let an appalling driver, a rude waiter, an offhand boss or an insensitive employee or colleague, neighbour or even total stranger ruin your moments? No matter our justifications to these questions, the true mark of a matured person is how quickly we can all get back on track from these supposed distractions and focus on what’s important in our lives.
David J. Pollay explains it this way … ‘Sixteen years ago, I learnt this lesson while sitting at 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 just by 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. ‘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.’ Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. Love the people who treat you right. Forgive and live with the ones who don’t. Believe that everything in life is working together for your good and in your favour.
The lesson here is straight up for all; never allow the garbage truck of life to run you over by other people’s attitudes, strong opinions, narrow-mindedness, discriminations and insensitivity. We all have just one life to live, live yours purposefully and don’t allow anything to steal your joy and strength.