Today's Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul...
The Trouble Tree
The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit and now his ancient pickup 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 tanned 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 thing for sure, 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. 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 ain't nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before."
Author unknown from A 4th Course of Chicken
Soup for the Soul
Don't wait. The time will never be just right.
The minute a man ceases to grow,
A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities
Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.
Every calling is great when greatly pursued
Success is never final and failure is never fatal.
You and I do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
If you don't quit, and don't cheat, and don't run home when trouble
arrives, you can only win.
No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself,
and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as
to which may be true.
Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for
three qualities: Integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they
don't have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about
it; it's true. If you hire somebody without the first you really want
them to be dumb and lazy.
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