Powerful Story for All Leaders
Leadership can be lonely. We have some unique challenges. Where do you go with your problems?
The following story might change your life as a leader if you seriously consider the message.
Once there was a young father who had been looking for work. A kind old man saw an opportunity to help him and asked if he would like to bring his tools and spend a few days working on repairing an old fence he had around his large property.
The young father had less than a productive first day. His old truck had broken down about two miles from the old man’s house, so he had to walk and was 45 minutes late. The hammer he brought had broke about half way through the day. And to make his troubles worse he had severely twisted his ankle towards the end of the day and could barely walk.
The kind and understanding old man offered him a ride home. When they had almost reached the house, the young father invited him in to meet his family.
As the older man approached the rickety door of the humble home he saw the father pause on the porch and touch a large coat hook with both of his hands.
When opening the door, the young father completely changed. After having been beaten down all day with problems, a big broad smile came across his face as he hugged his three small happy children and kissed his wife.
Afterwards as they were walking out the door they passed the large coat hook and the old man asked him about what he had seen him do earlier. He replied, “That’s my problem hook. I know I am going to have problems, but one thing I never want to do is bring them home to my wife and children. So I simply hang my problems on the hook before I enter my house. When I leave in the morning I pick them up again.”
The young father continued, “The odd thing about it is when I pick them up in the morning, they don’t seem to be as big and heavy as they were when I dropped them off the night before.”
Do you have a problem hook? A place where you can hang your troubles for the evening? Each of us needs a sanctuary where we can escape the rigors and stresses of the day.
Personally, my sanctuary is home and family. When I have the right balance in my life; troubles seem to lighten and burdens fade. How about you?
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