Monday, November 23, 2009


It can be so obvious, but for some reason or other some of us allow others to dump their garbage on us and we wear it the rest of the day! In other words, we allow others to define who we are, how we are going to live, how we are going to feel about ourselves and others. . . which way too often ruins our day or life . . all because we allow others to tell us who we are.


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 streets.

The 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 ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

Have a garbage-free day!


JustinO'Shea said...

How do i change the background color of my page. . .the black is terrible! Too hard to read the type.
There has to be a solution.



Gary Kelly said...

You got black background, I got yellow.

Anyway, about the garbage thing. The taxi driver's philosophy deserves a medal... or a degree in genius.

We all know we shouldn't take criticism personally but when you visualize criticism as a load of garbage in a garbage truck, collected by some twit at odds with the world, it becomes an image rather than just a bunch of words... and a powerful image at that.

Good thinking, 99.

J said...

Mine is yellow too. What a great philosophy, but I doubt if I could resist giving the bastard the finger. You make no concessions to the inately pugnacious.

Stew said...

Words to live by ! Although not always easy, I have been striving to live this way for the last three years. It's changed my life.

Very good words Mr.O'Shea

Dawn said...

Thanks for posting this great story! 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.

Thanks again!