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Blue Skies

Our Story of the Trouble Tree

Once upon a time, in a small village nestled between the mountains and the sea, lived a carpenter named Graham. Graham was known throughout the village for his wisdom and his unique way of dealing with trouble. At the edge of his property stood a majestic tree, which he fondly referred to as his Trouble Tree.


Every evening, after a long day of work, Graham would stop by the tree before entering his home. He would touch the tree, close his eyes, and take in a deep breath.


One day, a young girl named Lilly, curious about Graham’s ritual, asked him, "Graham, why do you touch the tree every evening before you go inside your house?"


Graham smiled and replied, "This is my Trouble Tree, Lilly. I hang all my troubles on it before I go inside. The tree absorbs my troubles, so I don't carry them into my home."


Intrigued, Lilly asked, "But Graham, how does the tree handle all those troubles?"


Graham chuckled, "Ah, that's the magic of the Trouble Tree. It takes in my troubles and transforms them into strength and wisdom. The tree doesn't hold onto them. By morning, they're all gone."


Inspired by Graham’s wisdom, Lilly decided to create her own version of a Trouble Tree. However, she wanted to add something more. Lilly wanted to not only let go of her troubles but also to remember the good things in her life. She believed she could feed the tree’s roots her gratitude which would in turn provide the tree with positive and joyful energy needed to handle the troubles laid upon it.  


Every day, Lilly would stop by her Trouble Tree. She would touch a branch to transfer her troubles and then touch the ground beneath the tree to deposit her gratitude into the roots. She would then close her eyes, take a deep breath, and whisper, "Thank you."


Around the village word spread about Lilly's new idea of incorporating gratitude into her Trouble Tree. The other villagers were inspired and began creating their own Trouble Tree.  They found that by acknowledging their troubles and releasing them, they felt lighter. By remembering their joys, they felt happier. And by expressing gratitude, they felt more content and fulfilled.


Trouble Tree became a symbol of resilience, positivity, and gratitude in the village. It reminded everyone that troubles are temporary, joys are to be cherished, and gratitude is the key to a content life. Trouble Tree became a beacon of hope and a testament to the human spirit’s ability to transform trouble into strength, wisdom, and gratitude.

The Original Story of
The Trouble Tree

Author Unknown

A woman hired a carpenter for repairs on her farmhouse. One day a flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and then his ancient truck refused to start. The woman drove him home.


He invited her in to meet his family. As they walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands.

Inside, he smiled and hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss.

As he walked the client out to her car, she asked him about the tree.

“Oh, that’s my trouble tree,” he replied. “I can’t help having troubles on the job, but troubles don’t belong at home. 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.” 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.”

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