The Law of the Garbage Truck

And suddenly the sentence "The Law of Garbage Truck" resounds in my mind as I was watching a fight on a busy traffic road. I recalled a friend of mine who once way back sent me an SMS describing the "Law of Garbage Truck", yes you heard it right the SMS as it was way back in the time when messaging apps weren't invented.
Today for the very first time I looked it up on the internet and found that it's an article by David J. Pollay, a writer. He describes it as follows.

“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 look for a place to dump it. And if you let them, they’ll dump it on you. So when someone wants to dump on you, don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Believe me. You’ll be happier.”

I have always remembered the essence of Law of Garbage Truck but didn't know how exactly it was described.

Now, this Law of garbage truck can be applied in many different scenarios, but I generally recall it whenever I witness a fight on the roads.
Don't you think a fight on roads is just plain stupid which leads to nothing but a day gone waste?
People abuse each other over petty matters and then think about the incident throughout the day leading to bad decisions.
By fighting both verbally or physically, a person is taking a garbage being dumped by another person on themselves. After the fight, they do head to their respective destinations, but with loads of garbage. Which they eventually will try to dump on any other person. They will dump it on their wives, children, colleagues, subordinates.
It makes me sad when I see people start abusing in front of their family members. First of all, I don't understand how can a person abuse in front of their wife, mother, father, children.
I can recall an incident,
"I was sitting on my bike which was stopped at the traffic signal on a square. A car with other vehicles was also stopped on my right side of the square, besides that car a man on a bicycle was standing. As the signal turns green, the bicycle came in front of that car which was also started running. And then the car hit the bicycle and the man fell off. But what made me feel sad is that the man in the car started abusing and beating the man who fell. He was beating him badly and abusing him constantly. He might have helped the man to stand up again, might have taken him to a doctor. I could see his family sitting in the car, probably his wife on his beside and his children and mother in the back seats. I wondered what could be his children learning, seeing his father beating another man and abusing, what his mother/wife might be thinking. And I am pretty sure he had dumped the garbage on his children/wife after reaching home."

I can recall a number of such incidents. These are so common and daily commuters definitely witness these every day.
So always remember the Law of garbage truck and for god sake don't ever abuse in front of your family at any cost. When seeing a situation where you are letting a garbage on yourself, just smile, wish them well and move on. This is will at least keep your loved one happy as you won't dump your today's garbage on them.


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