Seniors Outreach - December 20, 2017

The Trouble Tree
The Carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now his ancient pickup 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 tips of the branches with both hands. When opening the door, he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face 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.
‘Oh, that’s my trouble tree,’ he replied. ‘I know I can’t help having troubles on the job, but one thing for sure, troubles don’t belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I just hang them on the tree every night when I come home. 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 ain’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.’ []
I am reminded at this Christmas season that we all need a ‘trouble tree’ to hang our concerns and troubles on each night and recognize that most new days, these troubles usually are not as much a concern as they seemed before. Those that are concerns, we usually may be able to find someone to “come along side” of us and help to deal with these troubles or for the very few troubles that are real concerns we usually are not the only one dealing with them.
Seniors Outreach will try very hard to be of support and assistance for our seniors and their concerns in 2018. Contact us at 403-443-2555.
As we wind up 2017, it becomes very apparent at this time of year, especially through the Gifts for Grandparents program, that Seniors Outreach has tremendous support in Kneehill County. We are so very grateful for all of the volunteers, children, parents, businesses, sports teams, and other organizations that have enabled this worthwhile program to continue on in 2017. The donation boxes were filled, the transportation of the donations was handled, volunteers and staff ‘stuffed the bags’ and delivery of the gifts will take place over the week before Christmas.
The Board & Staff at Seniors Outreach wish all of you – Seniors Outreach Volunteers, Seniors Drop-In Centre members, School children, Parents & Teachers, County Businesses, Partnering Organizations, and all of those in Kneehill County that provide so much support for each other – a very MERRY CHRISTMAS & a HAPPY NEW YEAR!