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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Garbage Law

One of my favourites to share with you all today:

The Law of the Garbage Trucks

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?

Unless you're the Terminator, for an instant you're probably set back

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

I learned it in the back of a Harare City taxi cab. Here's what happened. I hopped in a taxi and we took off for Westgate .

We were driving 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!

Here's what happened next. The driver of the other car, the guy who

almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and he
yelling bad words at us. How do I know? Ask any Zimbabwean, some words in Harare come with a special face.

Now, here's what blew me away. 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 guarantee it.

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. Like in the movie "The Sixth Sense,"
the little boy said, "I see Dead People." Well now "I 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 I move on.

One of my favourite Football players of all times, Ronaldino, does
this every day on the football field. With a smile he always jumps up

as quickly as he hits the ground after being tackled. He never dwells on a hit. Ronaldino is always ready to make the next play his best. Good leaders know they have to be ready for their next meeting. Good parents know that they have to welcome their children home from school with hugs and kisses.

Leaders and parents know that they have to be fully present, and at

their best for the people they care about. The bottom line is that successful people do not let Garbage Trucks take over their day.

What about you? What would happen in your life, starting today, if you

let more garbage trucks pass you by? You'll be happier. I guarantee it.

Keep smiling - it makes people wonder what you've been up to!!

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