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a woman hired a plumber to help her restore an old farmhouse, & he had just finished a rough first day on the job: a flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric drill quit, & his ancient one ton truck refused to start. while she drove him home, he sat in stony silence. on arriving, he invited her in to meet his family. as they 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, & he hugged his 2 small children & gave his wife a kiss.

afterward, they walked back to the car. they passed the tree, & her curiosity got the better of her. she asked him about what she 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; those troubles don’t belong in the house with my wife & the children. So, I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home & ask GOD to take care of them. Then in the morning, I pick them up again. Funny thing is…,” he smiled, “…when I come out in the morning to pick ’em up, there aren’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.”


life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance. we all need a trouble tree!


wishing you a wonderful day… ?


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