Monday, October 4, 2010

THE LAW OF THE GARBAGE TRUCK, by David Pollay

I have stumbled upon the following fascinating article, rather belatedly, which offers an interesting lesson about tackling life's curves, so to speak.

It's 'The Law of the Garbage Truck', by television host David Pollay, in which he related an incident on his taxi ride to Grand Central Station in New York City. Here's the link.

What continues to strike me most is the New York City taxi driver's insightful response, which sums up the crux of the lesson:

"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 look for a place to dump it. And if you let them, they’ll dump it on you.

So when someone wants to dump on you, don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Believe me. You’ll be happier."


This advisory is somewhat akin to what I had learned many years ago from Kenneth Blanchard's brilliant writings, especially 'The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey'.