Every once in a while, I get an email from one of my subscribers that is worth keeping and passing along to others.
Here is one I received that is very worthwhile reading.
One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. As we were driving, a 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 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 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, anger, and 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, home, or on the street.
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 and pray for the one’s who don’t”. Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you TAKE IT!
I love this story because it reinforces one of my key messages to the people in my audiences:
“Learn to be a “Responder” and not a “Reactor” to life’s difficult people and situations.”
You will live longer and happier by doing so!
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