A carpenter, hired by a landowner to help restore his old farmhouse, had just finished a difficult and hard first day on the job. A flat tire on his pickup truck made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw malfunctioned, and now, at the end of the day, the old truck refused to start.
The landowner offered to drive him home. On the way, the carpenter sat in stony, thoughtful silence.
Upon arriving, the landowner was invited in to meet the carpenter’s family. As they walked toward the front door, the carpenter paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. When he opened the door to his home, the carpenter underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face was all smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss.
After a quick cup of coffee, the carpenter walked the landowner to his car and thanked him. When they passed the tree again, the landowner’s curiosity got the better of him and he asked about what he had seen him do earlier.
“Oh, that’s my ‘trouble tree,'” the carpenter replied. “I know I can’t help having troubles on the job, but one thing is for sure, those troubles don’t belong in the house with my family. So I just hang them on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning I pick them up again. Funny thing is”, he said with a big smile, “when I come out in the morning to pick them up, there aren’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.”
We can all learn from the wise carpenter, and here’s hoping we all have our own ‘trouble tree’ to visit at the end of each day.