I had gone into a supervisor’s office to talk about a couple of issues that needed to be addressed. He, like all of the men and women in his department, had been through the proverbial ‘ringer.’ The stress was so intense, one could almost taste it.
I had been assisting the department during a crunch period of being very short-handed, and was watching everyone get close to burn-out. When I inquired about his state of mind, he confessed that his home life was almost non-existent, because he was ‘zombie-ing through the evening’. The next words out of his mouth expressed a frustration of my own: “This work is not my gift from God. My family is!”
I had heard of hanging all of one’s problems from the office on a “Trouble Tree” (worry tree) while driving home, to be picked up on the way back to the office in the morning, and for a brief second thought about suggesting that scenario.
But what came out was: “Why don’t we do something different? Let’s have a Blessing Tree. On the way home in the evening, we could pull down a blessing to dwell on a character trait we adore in our wife or husband, a particular reason we love them, the love they or our children have for us, etc. The list could be endless.
When I tried it on the way home that night, the stress seemed to melt away. There was a ‘spring in my step’ and when I arrived, a smile of joy and contentment was bubbling up from within! For the first time in 2 weeks, I was overjoyed to greet my wife and children!
The Blessing Tree could make a major difference in your evenings, especially after those REALLY tough days.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”