The Garbage Truck (Sharing A Post From Friend Collin)

How often do you let other people’s nonsense change your mood? Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive employee ruin your day? Unless you’re the Terminator, for an instant you’re probably set back on your heels. However, the mark of a successful person is how quickly she can get back her focus on what’s important.

Sixteen years ago I learned this lesson. I learned it in 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 brakes, skidded, and missed the other car’s back end by just 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.

So this was it: “The Law of the Garbage Truck.” 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 anymore.” I began to see garbage trucks.

Like in the movie “The Sixth Sense,” the little boy said, “I see Dead People.” Well, now “I see Garbage Trucks.” I see the load they’re carrying. I see them coming to drop it off. And like my Taxi Driver, I don’t make it a personal thing; I just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on.

One of my favorite football players of all time, Walter Payton, did this every day on the football field. He would jump up as quickly as he hit the ground after being tackled. He never dwells on a hit. Payton was ready to make the next play his best.

Good leaders know they have to be ready for their next meeting. Good parents know that they have to welcome their children home from school with hugs and kisses. Leaders and parents know that they have to be fully present, and at their best for the people they care about. The bottom line is that successful people do not let Garbage Trucks take over their day. What about you? What would happen in your life, starting today, if you let more garbage trucks pass you by? Here’s my bet. You’ll be happier.

Moral:

Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so.. Love the people who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don’t.

PS: This is a repost, completely copy and pasted from my friend Collin‘s blog:

http://lovelyshortstories.wordpress.com/2010/09/16/the-garbage-truck/

Sunday 160-One Shall Realize

One shall realize,
No matter how hard one tries,
Gossip or obscene surmise
May still rise.
One shall be prepared to comprise
By acting wise
And taking advice.

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Listen To Wisdom of Sages

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Stand high and see far.

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Suffer defeats when victory is within one’s grasp.

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When a melon is ripe, it falls off its stem——–Things will be easily settled when conditions are mature.

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One tree does not make a forest, one person alone cannot accomplish much. (questionable one)

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One log cannot prop up a tottering building, one person alone cannot save the world.

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A boat sailing against the current must forge ahead or it will be driven back.

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Good medicine cures sickness, similarly, unpalatable advice benefits conducts.

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The One -Thousand-Mile journey is started by taking the first step.

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It is easy to dodge a spear in the open, but hard to guard against arrow shot from hiding.

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A centipede does not topple over even when dead.

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Facts will eventually scotch rumors.

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An error in the breadth of a single hair can lead you a thousand-mile astray.

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Follow good advices as naturally as a river follows its course.

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The spectators see the chess game better than the player, or the onlookers sees most of the game.

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A just cause enjoys abundant support while an unjust one finds little support.

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Nothing venture, nothing gain.

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Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.

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Read 10,000 volumes of books, travel 10,000 miles of distances.

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Hello, how are you?

We learn our life lessons via our experiences most of the time, it takes time, it evokes pains and strong emotions, and it is costly. Don’t you think that sometimes we just have to relax, read books, read blogs, listen to news and watch a video to learn?

One of the best way of learning is to listen to wisdom of sages, or famous quotes from celebrities, I enjoy all of the PROBES above.

It tells me many things I would not know otherwise.

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Today’s Question for YOU:

What is your favorite quote in life? Why?

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You can pick one from above, or share one from your own experience, Thank YOU for the time!

Happy Happy Sunday, Friend! 🙂 :).