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.”
This is one great story and a great philosophy in Life. This was shared by Mark (HH Leader) during our House Hold last Thursday. He asked every one of us to reflect on the story and share our experience one by one. As most of us agreed, that in our life we tend to be the garbage trucks roaming around and collecting all garbage in life; frustration, disappointment and anger and as this piled up we dumped it to anyone whoever is in our way. However, we still do good things like what the taxi driver did. But sometimes we just ignore our goodness to others.
My reflection in this story is that in my own life I am not only the garbage truck nor the taxi driver but also a passenger. Why? Very often I/We encourage our friends when they have a quarrel. We want them to resent even more to some annoying thing. Why we cannot just be quite and close our mouths to avoid disturbance.
As we get older, we lessen the attitude of becoming hot tempered. We now tend to first think our every action. In an age where everything is automatic and instant, we should all pause a moment and think if our desire to reach good deeds is turned out to be a wrong deed that we get. We just have to train ourselves to be humble, and calm. And be aware of our self and on our own garbage. Are we dumping it to a right place or on the other people? May we learned to be compassionate with others let us not fill ourselves with garbage but Love. With the help of the Lord, I’ am sure there is nothing we can do it.