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6mm-Minis is Maksim-Smelchak's blog to discuss gaming, miniatures, books, movies, food, Israel, Judaism, life in general and other funny crud. My favorite scale of miniatures is 6mm, which is also called 1/285 or 1/300 scale. I enjoy many different kinds of games including ancients, Napoleonics, WWI, WWII, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Car Wars AKA Autoduel (a sort of crash'n'derby automobile combat game), 6mm Godzilla AKA Kaiju games, and science fiction games. I'm open to everything though!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

COOL STUFF: "The Law Of The Garbage Truck" (1 December 2007)

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TOP: Ever notice how many Garbage Men seem...
...remarkably well-adjusted?
Hi All,

A good friend, Ann, sent me this awhile back and I've been waiting for the right day to share it.

Beware of Garbage Trucks!
By: David J. Pollay

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 one can get back their focus on what's important.

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.

TOP: The Garbage Man life is an idealic ride...
...from vista to vista.

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 favorite football players of all time, Walter Payton, did this every day on the football field. He would jump up as quickly as he hit the ground after being tackled. He never dwelled on a hit. Payton was 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 takeover their day.

What about you? What would happen in your life, starting today, if you let more garbage trucks pass you by?

Here's my bet. You'll be happier.

Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so...
Love the people who treat you right.
Forget about the ones who don't.
Believe that everything happens for a reason.
If you get a chance, TAKE IT!
If it changes your life, LET IT!
Nobody said it would be easy...
They just promised it would be worth it!

Thanks, Ann!

TOP: Are Garbage Men in China as happy as those in the US?

Of course, you might be a garbage man in China... I wonder if "The Law Of The Garbage Truck" is different there?

Have a great Saturday!
And a Gut Shabbos to my Jewish readers!

Shabbat Shalom,
Maksim-Smelchak.

P.S.
Update on 15 December 2007 (...around 6:00pm PST):
A writer sent in these two links to the author of the above story if you'd like to read more:
http://www.northstarwriters.com/davidpollay.htm
http://www.happynews.com/columns/pollay-momentum.htm

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3 Comments:

  • At 12:18 PM, December 02, 2007, Blogger Tas said…

    What a wonderful philosophy!

     
  • At 8:33 AM, December 12, 2007, Blogger Chris said…

    Thanks so much for posting such a fantastic story! You’ll be interested to know that David J. Pollay has a huge body of work, and if you like The Law of the Garbage Truck I'm confident you'll enjoy his other great work. You can find it at http://www.northstarwriters.com/davidpollay.htm, and http://www.happynews.com/columns/pollay-momentum.htm. Thanks again!

     
  • At 5:55 PM, December 15, 2007, Blogger MaksimSmelchak said…

    Hi Tas and Chris,

    Thanks for writing!

    Shalom,
    Maksim-Smelchak.

     

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