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I came across the story of a man named David J. Pollay, author of "The Law of The Law of Garbage Truck." who alongside his cab driver were almost hit by a garbage truck driver. Now, even if the garbage truck driver was wrong, he still yelled at the taxi driver. The taxi driver on the other hand, instead of being angry and yelling back at the truck driver, maintained is composure, smiled and waved at the truck driver. David asked the driver " Why did you just do that, this guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!" And the taxi driver replied " 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 will dump it on you, don't take it personally, just smile, wave, wish them well and move on. Believe me.  You'll be happier.

There are people today who are like garbage truck or the garbage truck driver filled with so many garbage. Garbage such as anger, unforgiving heart, resentment, hatred, jealousy etc. You find such people on the streets, at work, in the marketplace and even at worship centers. These people fill themselves with lots of trash until they are not able to hold on to the trash anymore then they look for someone to dump their trash on either by yelling even when they are at fault like the truck driver, screaming at the slightest provocation, angry at every little thing and shouting at anyone who comes in contact with them. Supposing you come across such a person, what would you do? Joel Osteen will always say "How people act towards you is not your responsibility but how you react is your responsibility."

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According to Sheryl Crow " Happiness is being able to sleep at night." But how possible is this when we com across people filled with lots of trash trying to dump their trash or garbage on us. Your happiness lies not in the hands of anyone but in your hands, so how you react to the garbage of others will determine how your day ends. People filled with garbage or trash tend to steal the joy and the serenity of those they come across when they try to dump their garbage on them so don't let such people steal your joy by not allowing them dump their garbage on you.

So then, how do we avoid letting others dump their garbage on us?

1. REMAIN CALM : This might be one difficult thing to do when someone is unnecessarily yelling or being angry at you but doesn't mean it aint possible to do. When you start training yourself on how to be calm in the face of unnecessary aggression, it becomes a part of you and you get enough time to think through the situation which will inturn determine your reaction. Avoid people with poisonous emotions or learn how to relate with them if such persons are people you must come across each day especially at work. Ignore their actions towards you with the mindset that such people are trying to dump their trash or garbage on you just to steal your joy. The case of the taxi driver is a classical example. Even though he wasn't wrong, he was yelled at and probably abused but he remained calm and positive with the whole issue.

2. BE MENTALLY STRONG : Knowing that there are garbage filled people we come across everyday should make you prepare your mind on how to deal with such people. The power is within you to either react negatively or positively. Rather than reacting negatively, decide to react positively. This way, you don't let such people control your emotions or steal your joy and it in turn develops your mind, making you mentally strong. "Don't repay evil for evil. Don't retaliate when people say unkind things about you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God wants you to do, and He will bless you for it." 1st Peter 3:9

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3. REFUSED TO BE A GARBAGE TRUCK : Life's bitter moments and experiences can easily make one become a garbage truck. Hurtful feelings, betrayals, abandonment, failed relationships, rejections, anger, jealousy, lack of contentment, unforgiveness etc are things that can make us become garbage trucks. Change every negativity into positivity. Fill your life and thoughts with positive vibes and thinking. Don't let your past experiences dictate your present emotions or how you live in the moment.

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4.BE PROACTIVE : Hit the gym regularly, go for a run, dance often, be involved in home chores , read, write etc. Get involved in physical activities that mentally build your mind and strength. physical activities, it is said, produce endorphins (Chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers) and also improve the ability to sleep which in turn reduces stress. Involving in physical activities shifts your mind from the negativity of garbage filled people.

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Coming across such people might get you upset or angry but let your anger be but for a moment. Don't go to bed to sleep and wake up with the anger. Shake it off, say to yourself, no one can steal my joy and move on with life. There are better things to concentrate on for the day and to do with your life than to allow the frustrations of people get to you. According to David J. Pollay, not allowing others to dump their garbage on you makes you happier and successful both personally and professionally and not dumping your garbage on others enables you improve your relationships, strengthens your business and brings communities together . You take control of your life and emotions when you apply the law of the garbage truck in your life each time anyone tries to dump his/her garbage on you.

Quote for the day - "Successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day." David J. Pollay
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