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The Carpenter and His Tree

Since it’s Friday, let’s just dive in… how about it!


Not long ago, a paralegal said to me after one of our clients left, “she is always so upbeat”. She was upbeat, despite the fact that life was so difficult. I knew the hardship that she was going through. Still, she always seemed so positive. It reminds me of the story of the carpenter and his trouble tree. A good reminder.

A carpenter had just finished a rough day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work. His electric saw had broken at work. His old truck refused to start, when he tried to get home from work. So, a co-worker drove him home. The whole ride he sat in still silence.

Once they arrived at his house, he invited the co-worker in to meet his family. As he walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree; touching the tips of the branches of the tree with both hands.

When he opened the door, there was an amazing transformation of his countenance. His tanned face was filled with a smile and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss. He looked so happy.

Afterward, he walked his co-worker to the car. Again, they passed that same tree that he had touched with both hands. The co-worker couldn’t help it. He had to know the significance of that tree. Why had he touched it with both hands?

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 at home with my wife and the children. So I just hang them upon the tree every night when I come home. Then, in the morning I pick them up again.”

“The funny thing is”, he continued, “when I come out in the morning to pick them up, there aren’t nearly as many as I remember hanging there from the night before.”

I think my client was saying the same thing with her positive attitude.

I hope you have a great weekend!  And for pic o’ day.




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