I 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 tire made him lose two hours 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 toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tip of the branches with both hands.
When opening the door he underwent an amazing transformation. His face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss. Afterwards he walked me to the car. We again passed by 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’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 ’em up, there aren’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.
(I didn’t create this story, but I loved it when I heard it and couldn’t wait to pass it on)
Find your ‘trouble tree’ or a ‘coat closet’ in the garage on the way in, and practice this great skill for 21 days until it becomes a habit.