I had a period in my life where I developed a really strange sort of anxiety. I became extremely worried about what everyone thought of me all the time. I was super incredibly sensitive to everyone’s reaction of me and took everything extremely personally. I even put projections onto other people, KNOWING they “hated” me or something like that. Honestly, I still have tendencies that lean in that direction but I’ve improved it a lot and I love getting inspired by reading helpful articles and things and actively pushing negative thoughts like that out of my mind instead of wallowing in it.
I still suffer from that on occasion but have gotten better about it, thankfully.
If you deal with that, too the following story is a great way to put that in perspective:
“Sixteen years ago I learned an important life lesson, in the back of a New York City taxi cab.
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 brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by mere inches! The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and started yelling bad words at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was actually friendly!
So, I asked him, “Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and could’ve sent us to the hospital!”
And this is when my taxi driver told me about what I now call, “The Law of Garbage Trucks.”
“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. Instead, just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. You’ll be happier because you did.”
-David J. Pollay
Did this help you put some things into perspective? It sure did for me! 🙂