"Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May" is a poem by Robert Herrick. This poem portrays our existence on earth, and that people age as life goes on, and everything becomes boundless. Herrick here urges people to take advantage of youth and energy while they may! The poem is in the genre of carpe diem, to seize the day.

Monday, May 26, 2008

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?

However, the mark of a successful person is how quickly one can get back their focus on what's important.

David J. Pollay explains his story in this way….

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 he started yelling bad words at 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.

"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."

Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets.

Love the people who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don't.

Believe that everything happens for a reason. Never let the Garbage Truck run over you…


A Journal Entry said...


this post really makes u think..

Hasan.B said...

Welak this post is excellento. I was thinking of the EXACT same thing yesterday!!

Ansam said...

A Journal Entry-
Yes.... it does

LOL aham shay "welak"
and specially when followed by excellento. LOL

pablo-chiarpenello said...

That’s my view of life from long time. It is really difficult to follow though. Other people’s mood makes a lot influence in us just because we are humans. You can realize if you are affected in bed. If you can’t sleep or your jaw is moving by itself destroying the teeth (bruxism).

Anonymous said...

i wish i could do the same but unfortunantely, the things people do really get to me, as much as i try to avoid that :(

l* said...

i really like that post!! im not sure if im like that well i do get annoyed very veryyy easily bs i get into a good mood again easily heheh but really nice post it makes u think!

Ansam said...

Its a great view and very difficult... you are absolutely right!

I know what you mean... and you admitting it means a lot :-)
Good for you!

Thank you :-) and know that no one is perfect...

Grey said...

OMG ! i always do it specially with some GT's in close circle ... now i have a name ... Law of the garbage truck ! Exellent post !

Ansam said...

Thanks... I am glad you liked it

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this great story! My name is Chris, and I work with David J. Pollay, the author of The Law of the Garbage Truck™ - Beware of Garbage Trucks™! Thanks for correctly attributing the story to David. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that you can read the original story (and lots of other great stuff) on David’s blog - davidjpollay.typepad.com. I know he’d love to have you stop by!

Also check out the video of people in New York City taking the No Garbage Trucks!™ Pledge: bewareofgarbagetrucks.com. It’s pretty cool.

Thanks again!


Ansam said...

Thanks for your comment :-) actually of you click on David J. Pollay's name it will direct you to his blog. I will try to check the video at the very first given opportunity :-)
Thanks again for stopping bye Chris :-D

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