Monday, December 1, 2008

The Trouble Tree


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."

Lessons

  • Everyone has a trouble tree.
  • We can't help having troubles on our job.
  • Troubles don't belong in the house with our families.
  • Don't bring troubles home.

2 comments:

Jade said...

Awesome story! And the label, inspirational, is quite correct. :)

XanFactor said...

that is a good one... yes, you leave things at work... a bad day at work shouldn't also mean a bad day...

you got one good carpenter there...

anyway, thanks for choosing my blog to put your entrecard in... i hope it won't be the last...

:)

more power...

ingat po...