A man hired a carpenter to help him restore an old farmhouse.

The carpenter had a rough first day on the job.

First – a flat tire made him lose an hour of work. Then his electric saw quit. And at the end of the day – his pickup truck refused to start.

While the man who hired him drove him home – the carpenter sat in stony silence. On arriving home – the carpenter invited the man to come in and meet his family.

As they walked toward the front door – the carpenter paused briefly at a small tree – touching the tips of the branches with both hands.

Upon opening the door – he underwent an amazing transformation.

His tanned face was wreathed in smiles as he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss.

After introducing the man to his family – the carpenter walked the man to the car.

They passed the tree and the man’s curiosity got the better of him. He asked the carpenter about what he had seen him do earlier.

“Oh, that’s my ‘Trouble Tree’,” the carpenter replied. “I know I can’t help having troubles on the job – but one thing’s for sure – my 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 them up, there aren’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.”

It’s up to every one of us to decide what is truly important to us and to eliminate all of the negative self-doubts that we may have for whatever reason.  Self-doubts are a dangerous and infectious and lead to a downward spiral that will feed off of itself to negatively affect your health and become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

There are always going to be worries and they have a habit of eating away at us, though it’s amazing that when you look at the things that have been worrying you in hindsight, they only seem like minor nuances and you wonder why you thought they were so major at the time.

You’re never going to be able to eliminate these worries, though we can control how we react to these worries and that is what is most important.

If you choose to learn from your worries instead of feed into them, you will be able to accomplish anything you dream…

Get out there and start living….


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