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How do you handle life’s problems, issues?

Posted on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 10:03 am

Now that Easter is behind us and all look forward to a busy spring and summer, life’s reality is that we all will face challenges. These problems may occur on the job or with family….they may mean the sudden loss of loved ones. We continue to experience frustrations with international, national and local issues. We struggle financially, never seeming to have enough. None of us were promised ‘a Rose Garden’ like the famous country song proclaimed.

I received this through the internet from a friend and I have kept it handy to help me face my personal challenges. This week I want to share this with you to perhaps use as a crutch when the world seems to gobble you up and has a tight grip on you.

“I hired a plumber to help me restore an old farmhouse, and after 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 and his ancient one ton 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 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 things for sure, those troubles don’t belong in the house with my wife and the children… So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home and 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 tree!

I know this was a simple observation and to some, it may not seem a logical way to look at issues. However, it made me think how we handle adversity is very important. Take your troubles seriously but do not allow them to interfere with the true values in life such as family and friends. Another thing which I guess you would call a ‘pet peeve’ would be statements made in haste. Just because one may have a grudge or criticism of an organization or individual because of one incident, don’t be quick to utter negativity. The world is full of negative comments. Rather think about the positives of that organization or person. Don’t throw the baby out with the dirty water. Take an effort to look at the bright side of events or in other human beings.

In summary “We all need a tree” to hang our concerns on.

By Bob Simmons