THE LAW OF THE GARBAGE TRUCK

(Just read this small diction in one of those fwded mails..and felt it worth sharing with everybody…..)

 Read consciously what follows:

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 colleague ruin your day? Unless you’re a robot, you are bound to blow your top off. However, the mark of a successful person is how quickly he or she can get back his or her focus on what’s important. Sometimes back, I learned this lesson. I learn it in the back of a Delhi City taxi cab. Here’s what happen.I called a taxi, and we took off for New Delhi 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, an elderly Sardarji, just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean he was really friendly. So, I said, ‘Why did you 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 called,  “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. If they happen to dump it on you, don’t take it personally. You just smile, wave, wish them well, and moved on. You’ll be happier if you did that rather than fight them. 
So this was it: “The Law of the Garbage Truck”.
I started thinking, how often do we let garbage trucks run right over us? And how often do we take their garbage and spread it to other people: at work, at home,! on the street?
Let us resolve that we are not going to do it anymore.’ We see garbage trucks everywhere and everyday. We see the load they’re carrying. We see them coming to drop it off. And like my taxi driver, we should not make it a personal thing; we should just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on.

Good leaders know they have to be ready for their next meeting. Good parents know they have to welcome their kids   home from school with hugs and kisses. Teachers 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.

So…love the people who treat you right.
Forget about the ones who don’t.
Believe that every thing happens for a reason. 
If you get a chance, TAKE IT!
If it changes your life, LET IT!
Nobody said it would be easy…
They just promised it would be WORTH IT

Cheers! 

“Life is short. Enjoy the journey.”

Each one reaches one…..

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~ by Neha Sinha on January 31, 2008.

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