Bits and Pieces

PUT YOUR PROBLEMS AWAY

ONE DAY AT THE AUTO SHOP I work at, we had nothing but trouble. First my coworker, Ted, and I found that we’d ordered the wrong part to repair a car. Then some of our equipment broke down. And to make matters worse, at closing time we discovered the cash register was short by $50!

As we finally got ready to leave the shop, Ted touched an empty shelf in his locker. In what seemed like an instant the frown lines on his face softened. Though it had been a long and frustrating day, he was transformed—just by touching this shelf.

I had to find out what was happening, so I asked him about it.

“This is my ‘problem shelf,’” he told me. “I know there’s always going to be trouble on the job, but I don’t need to bring it home with me. So I just leave my problems in my locker every night before I go home.

“The best part is,” he said with a smile, “when I open my locker in the morning I find that my problems aren’t as big as I thought they were when I left them here.”

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