Cafe Conversations | The Law of the Garbage Truck

How to Respond to People Who Dump on You, and  How to Stop Dumping on Others.

                      This little story keeps getting around more than Lindsay Lohan  and Kim Kardashian.  I only learned later that this ” little story” was part of an actual book .  I read excerpts from this book earlier this summer and LOVED IT!   Read this small tidbit from the author, David J. Pollay’s  true life encounters and  what prompted him to write this book.  I am certainly happy he did.  You will enjoy his  wisdom that  he so  graciously shares with all of us grateful folk.  No longer will you let everyone’s “garbage”  influence your daily life.  In turn, you may want to stop dumping yours on those around you.  I highly recommend this as a gift to yourself and for anyone you care about. Even an anonymous gift to someone in dire need?   The Holidays are flying toward us, at record speed.  Only 79 days remain till christmas.  Perhaps a Nook and a copy of this book.  What a Great Gift!   Me, I like the real books, but a Nook is good!

             Excerpt:   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 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 streetsThe 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  10%  what you make it and 90%   how you take it!

                REVIEW:  Twenty years ago, while riding in the back of a New York City taxicab, syndicated columnist and business consultant David J. Pollay had an awakening-and he converted the lesson he learned that day into a life philosophy:   By letting other people’s “garbage”-their negativity-simply “pass by,” and not dumping garbage on others, you can become happier and more successful, both personally and professionally.  Since David published the “Law“ in his newspaper column three years ago, more than 1,000 blogs have posted it, millions more have read it, and organizations worldwide have adopted it.  And the numbers keep growing.  Translated into nearly 50 languages,  people from more than 100 countries have taken David’s “No Garbage Trucks! Pledge.”  All over the world people remember the focusing metaphor of the garbage truck for what can be achieved in life by not staking success and happiness on the behavior of others.   Powerful and easily understood, The Law of the Garbage Truck will guide and inspire readers everywhere, every day.

Great book!    Read Often!     Have a blessed, garbage-free day!

The book is available at Barnes & Noble  $11.66,  eBook  $9.59.  Here is the link, folks.

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