I want to share with you a story that has an inspiring message entitled “Do You Have a Tree Like This in Your Front Yard?”

A carpenter had a rough day on the job.  He had a flat tire that made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit on him in the middle of the job, and then his pickup truck wouldn’t start.

So, a friend drove the carpenter home; and on the way he sat in stony silence.  When they arrived, the carpenter invited the friend to come in and to meet his family and have a drink.  As they walked towards the front door, the carpenter paused for a moment in front of a small tree, touching the tips of its branches with both hands.  The friend had never seen anyone do that before, and he wondered what it meant.

When the carpenter got to the door, he underwent an incredible transformation.  His face was suddenly bright with smiles as he hugged his kids and gave his wife a kiss.


Afterwards, the carpenter walked the friend back to his car.  As they passed the tree, his curiosity got the better of him.  The friend asked the carpenter about what he had seen a few minutes before.

“Oh, that’s my trouble tree,” the carpenter explained.  “I know that I can’t help having some troubles on the job once in a while, but one thing is for sure:  My work troubles don’t belong in the house, affecting my family.  So what I do is hang them up on the tree every night when I come home.  Then in the morning, when I am on my way out to work, I pick them up again.  The funny thing is,” he said with a grin, “when I come out in the morning to pick ‘em up, there aren’t nearly as many there as I remember.”

This story is a wonderful reminder to all of us to leave the pres-sures of the office and the anger that has built up inside of us all day outside the house, and not bring them in and inflict them on our family.  And when we leave for work in the morning, we will be able to say “Have a good day” and we will be able to take some of the love in our home with us as we leave.

So, do you have a tree like this in your front yard?  And if you do, it will give a whole new meaning to your day!

With Warmth and Affection,
Rabbi Sally

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