I had gone into a supervisor's office to talk about a couple of issues that
needed to be addressed.
She, like all of the men and women in her department, had been through the
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 her state of mind, she confessed that her home life was
almost non-existant, because she was 'zombie-ing through the evening'. The
next words out of her 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" 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 spouse, 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.