The Trouble Tree
So how do we manage our life as we go through challenges in our life, challenges on our journey to bringing our dreams to reality….?
Today I am going to share with you one of my favorite teaching stories.
A carpenter that I hired to restore our old family vacation house had just had a rough day on the job… a flat tire on the way to the hours had made him loose an hour of work, His electric saw had quit and the ancient pick-up truck he was driving refused to start as he was finished his day.
When I drove him home, he sat in stone salience. On arriving home he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked to the front door he pauses as we passed by a small tree. He paused touching the branches and then touched them with both hands. And then when opening the door to go into his house he underwent an amazing transformation. His tan face was opened with smiles as he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a big hug and kiss.
A short time later when he was walking me to my car we passed the tree and my curiosity got the better of me and I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier. What was this topping and touching the tree on the way into your house and then you go into your hours and you are so happy and I know you had such a tough day?
And he said oh that tree, that’s my trouble tree. I know that I can’t help having troubles sometime at work or in my day at times in my life but one thing is for sure…. Those trouble don’t need to be brought into my house or to my wife and kids, they don’t belong in there. So I just hang them on the tree every night when I come home from work and in the morning if I need them I pick them up again but the funny thing is he said with a smile. When I come out in the morning to pick them up I either don’t need them or there are not as many as I hung on that tree the night before…
So I want to encourage you to choose a trouble tree, a branch, a plant or something outside of your house… to place your troubles, challenges and worries….. Symbolically on before entering your home.
If you can’t really do anything more about it that day…then leave it outside – hang in on the tree and in the morning you will have higher insight a greater knowing and much more peace about what it is your really should do….
It’s your life, make it unstoppable…
Ask how can hanging my troubles give me more peace today?