The trouble tree

by Stephen on February 22, 2013 · 21 comments

in Inspirational Stories

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 the family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands.

After opening the door, he underwent an amazing transformation. His face was wreathed in smiles, and he hugged his two small children and then gave his wife a kiss.

Afterward, he walked me to my 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 for sure, troubles don’t belong in the house with my wife and children. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning, I pick them up again.”

“Funny thing is,” he smiled, “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.”

Author Unknown

What do you think about the way the carpenter chose to deal with his problems? What do you think he accomplished by leaving his troubles outside of his home?

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dr. Pamplona February 22, 2013 at 10:12 am

There will be joy and happiness always in that house.

2 Aye Chan Aung February 22, 2013 at 12:37 pm

What a wise man! His home will be home, sweet home forever:-)

3 Angel Chan Chan February 22, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Great!:-) His house will always be filled with loving kindness, happiness & wonders:-)

4 Pat February 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Wow if I could be like this man life will be so much better and bearable. Lovely story

5 Lea February 22, 2013 at 9:49 pm

LOL what a nice one!!!

6 David February 22, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Such a wise carpenter.

7 Asheet February 23, 2013 at 12:17 am

God bless him…his home…his children and family…thanks for the lesson…..that is why we plant TULSI in our homes.

8 Pavani February 23, 2013 at 12:55 am

Cool carpenter

9 Pratima February 23, 2013 at 1:16 am

Great….! He loves his family very much, so he doesn’t want to trouble his family members as he is taking all the pain and forgets the pain when he sees smile on his wife and childrens face…….! πŸ™‚

Good One….!

10 Shrawan February 23, 2013 at 4:51 am

Wow nice

11 Hassaan February 25, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Good one! Relationships are to be carried till death, but not worries.

12 PRABHJEET March 1, 2013 at 1:56 am

Good one. every one has trouble in his/her life but very few know how to handle

13 Noeme D. Catayas March 1, 2013 at 2:36 am

A simple formula to be always happy…

14 Rottingam March 1, 2013 at 6:33 am

Amazing and funny story! His home will be full of happines!

15 Grace March 3, 2013 at 9:12 am

Smart man. Not many can be wise like him. Learnt good things from him. Thanks.

16 Vibha March 4, 2013 at 6:10 am

I wish, everyone has his trouble tree.

17 Raja March 5, 2013 at 4:39 am

Excellent. Keep going πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

18 Esther March 18, 2013 at 6:41 am

Wow! I love the story…….thank u.

19 Lovfly July 10, 2013 at 7:04 am

Nice one

20 Ma' Terry September 2, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Hmmmmmmnnn… So lovely, just getting along.

21 Keith October 14, 2014 at 9:35 am

Awesome! Never bring your job home! Especially when the report is negative. Reserve something good for your family!

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