“Twenty years ago, while riding in the back of a New York City taxicab, David J. Pollay narrowly escaped a life-threatening car crash. The driver who almost caused the major accident started yelling at David’s taxi driver, who remarkably just smiled, waved and wished the other driver well before he and David drove away. David asked how the cabbie could remain so calm. His reply spawned the defining principle of The Law of the Garbage Truck and left author, David J. Pollay awestruck.
His driver said: “Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment…And if you let them, they’ll dump it on you. So when someone wants to dump on you, don’t take it personally…move on.””
I would be the first and definitely not the last to say I need this book more then anyone I know. I tend to let others “dump” on me and I very often am the “garbage truck” myself.
There are 8 commitments to “The Law of the Garbage Truck”. Each commitment has a chapter explaining what they mean. But my favorite part were the chapters following each explanation, they are everyday scenarios of how to work through the problems that face us and to recognize when you need to avoid your normal response to the garbage in/coming in your life. At the end of each chapter there is a “call to action”, where the author gives you a task to look into your life and make a positive change.
A common theme I got from this book is- “smile, wave, wish them well, move on and let the garbage trucks PASS YOU BY”.
Two of the eight commitments that I got the most out of
1- “Do let your own Garbage Trucks pass you by.”
I always Let past mistakes and hurts haunt me and cause me to loose focus on my own happiness. Mr. Pollay’s book has helped me work through this and even though it’s only been a week of me applying these “laws” my attitude has been a lot happier. I still have a long way to go but I love where I am going.
2- “Do avoid becoming someone else’s Garbage Truck”
I tend to think “well if i can’t be happy then they don’t need to be happy either”. This is not fair to others OR myself. By being the source of garbage not only am I hurting others, I am hurting myself as well.
Thus section has really helped me recognize when I am dumping on others and how to let my reactions change. I have a VERY long way to work on this, but I’m excited for the outcome.
I think everyone in the world needs this book. If we all could follow “The Law of the Garbage Truck” we would all be a happier people. And with this book translated into over 50 different languages it is becoming possible for others to get into the act.
Also, if you are a Christian and read this book with the Christian perspective you will see that this is how God wants us to live our lives.
Eph 4:29 “do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth but what is helpful for building up others according to their needs…”
James 1:19 “..be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.”
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