The Law of The Garbage Truck
My mom forwarded me "The Law of the Garbage Truck" by David J. Pollay. I loved it so much, that I'm passing it on to you as a Law of Attraction tip. It is very important to be intentional rather than reacting to things that could potentially yank your chain.
The story below demonstrates that you have control over your feelings. Nothing anybody does is personal, it's their own "stuff". If you let them impact how you're feeling, it's now your "stuff". Let it go. Train yourself to stay in your power by being intentional about where you let your thoughts wander. If you give your attention to the people who are spewing their negative thoughts, you'll attract more of those types of people.
You will have less to react to when you "pre-pave" your day by deciding what you want and aligning your energy with those intentions. You'll notice less garbage trucks in your life.
Law of the Garbage Truck by David J. Pollay
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? 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 breaks, 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 started yelling bad word sat 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 it anymore."
I began to 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.
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