INSPIRATIONAL STORIES: “The trouble tree” (coping with problems, from an older post)

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The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence.

On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. When opening the door he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss.

Afterward he walked me to the car. We passed the tree and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier.

“Oh, that’s my trouble tree,” he replied.” I know I can’t help having troubles on the job, but one thing’s for sure, troubles don’t belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I just hang them on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning I pick them up again.”

He paused. “Funny thing is,” he smiled, “when I come out in the morning to pick ’em up, there ain’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.”

by Author Unknown

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Yes and I too had posted this story, Amira. So nice if we could do just like the carpenter and give everything outside and then enter with love and happiness. Such an inspiring story. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you so much dear Kamal for your beautiful comment! Yes, it’s a popular story circulating that remind us not to carry our burdens and problems which impact on everybody’s lives and the harmony and peace of our homes.

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      1. Yes for sure and live in harmony and peace with one another and what other thing is wanted. Welcome dear Amira.

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