One Of My Favorite Essays

I have no patience for toxic people. I don’t like them around me, I don’t like them dumping on me, and I do my best to avoid their droppings in my life. But sometimes you have no choice in the matter.

Our lives are a series of actions and reactions. Actions are self-generated but reactions can make us dependent on the person performing the action…or they can set us apart from that person. One of my favorite things to read on a regular basis is David J. Pollay’s Beware of Garbage Trucks! – also known as The Law of The Garbage Truck. Here’s the first two paragraphs; I hope you’ll follow the link to the entire post and I hope you enjoy it and find it as helpful as I do.

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, you’re probably set back on your heels. However, the mark of your success is how quickly you can refocus on what’s important in your life.

Sixteen years ago I learned this lesson. And I learned it in the back of a New York City taxi cab. Here’s what happened.

Read the rest here.

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