ONE NEEDS MUCH MORE ( MEDITATION, SILENCE ETC )THAN THIS BUT A GOOD PLACE TO START FOR NON MEDITATORS
hired a plumber to help me restore an old farmhouse, and after he had just
finished a rough first day on the job, a flat
tyre made him lose an hour of work, his
electric drill quit and his ancient one-ton
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 towards
the front door, he paused briefly at a tree, touching the tips of the tree. 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.
that's my trouble tree," he replied. "I know I can't help having troubles on the
job, but one thing's for sure, those 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 and ask God to take care of them. 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