Whenever I receive something that makes me think or laugh, it eventually gets shared with you. The following day brightener really touched me. I wish someone had sent it to me back when I was in the stressful business world. Here it is:

The Trouble Tree

“I hired a plumber to help me restore an old farmhouse. After he had just finished a rough first day on the job — a flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electrical drill quit and his ancient one-ton truck refused to start — I gave him a ride home. On the way, he sat in stony silence.

On arriving at his home, 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 as he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss.

Afterward, he walked me to the car. When we passed the tree, my curiosity got the better of me and 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 is for sure, those troubles don’t belong in the house with my wife and children, so I just hang them on that tree every night when I come home and ask God to take care of them. Then, in the morning I pick them up again. The 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.” (Source unknown)

Funny stuff

• The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun had written a note and pasted it on the apple tray: “Take only one. God is watching.” At the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. A child had written this note: “Take all you want. God is watching the apples.”

• “They say we can now have gatherings with up to eight people without issues. I don’t even know eight people without issues.”

• “A recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight live longer then the men who mention it.”

Pathetic pun

• “We ran out of toilet paper and are now using lettuce leaves. Today was just the tip of the iceberg, tomorrow ‘romaines’ to be seen.”

• “This too shall pass. It may be like a kidney stone, but it will pass!”

A final thought

“This life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.”

That’s it for today, folks. I hope something gave you food for thought and that you finished reading with a smile.

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