Friday, March 19, 2010

Law of the Garbage Truck!

Below extracted from Rain's blog! after reading it, i felt its really good and really true! thus i decided to extract it into my blog to share with my lovely readers too! =) 

I recently also got to know that the Original Author of this wonderful story is David J. Pollay, and you guys can check out his blog by Clicking Here! =) On top of that, You can also find out more information about The Law of the Garbage Truck on and also you can check out the video of people in New York City taking the No Garbage Trucks!™ Pledge: . It’s pretty cool.


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. I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, 'Hey, 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 it: 'Law of the Garbage Truck'.

He said, "You know, 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, so sometimes they'll dump it on you."

His advice? "Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't pick up the garbage others are trying to get rid of. If you do, you'll take it with you and will end up dumping it on people around you, at work, at home, or on the streets."

If you want to be happy, do not let garbage trucks - your own or other people's - overtake your day. Let go anything that's not positive. Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't.


something really good to keep in mind isnt it? why let yourself be affected by others? =) I'm so gonna keep this 'Law of the Garbage Truck' in mind from now on~ Next time when i drive and someone honks or yell at me, im not gonna be affected by it nor pick up his 'garbage'! same goes for other such situations! =)


Dawn said...

Thanks for posting this great story! I am so glad you find this theory as helpful in life as we do! My name is Dawn, and I work with David J. Pollay, the author of The Law of the Garbage Truck™. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that you can read the original story on David’s blog, It would mean a lot to us if you would let people know that David is the author of The Law of the Garbage Truck.

You can also find out more information about The Law of the Garbage Truck on Make sure to check out the video of people in New York City taking the No Garbage Trucks!™ Pledge: It’s pretty cool.

Check back with us for information about David’s book released by Sterling, a Barnes and Noble Company, hitting bookshelves Fall 2010.

Thanks again!


Yuriko said...

i Dawn,

Firstly, Thanks for visiting my site! =)

Next, Welcome!! And no thanks! i really like this story and i'm sure all my readers enjoyed it and will learn alot from it, as much as i did!

I'll check out David's blog, and i've edited this post, to quote him as the original Author with a link/reference back to his blog. :) Hope that helps!

Cheers! =) And i hope you'll visit my site again soon!

Enjoy reading!!

Emily said...

Hi there,

My name is Emily and I’m the new Social Media Marketing Coordinator at Sterling Publishing. Because you've blogged about David J. Pollay’s The Law of the Garbage Truck™ in the past, I'd like to ask you to be part of an exciting movement. David’s book The Law of the Garbage Truck launches on October 7.

The Law of the Garbage Truck ( offers a specific; proven solution that promotes happiness, civility, and workplace productivity. David teaches us that by letting other people’s “garbage” (negativity, anger, resentment) simply “pass by,” and not dumping garbage on others, you can become happier and more successful.

David J. Pollay ( is a syndicated columnist, popular blogger, and an internationally sought-after speaker and seminar leader whose work has been featured on NPR, Sirius Satellite Radio, ABC television, and in Crain’s New York Business, BusinessWeek Small Biz magazine, and newspapers around the world. David holds a master’s degree of applied positive psychology (M.A.P.P.) from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University.

As a fan of the Law, we encourage you to read the book and tell your friends! Click here ( to download a free “No Garbage Truck Zone” poster.

Thanks for your time!

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