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Sep 3, 2007

Building Your House

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family. He would miss the paycheck each week, but he wanted to retire. They could get by.

The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go & asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but over time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.

When the carpenter finished his work, his employer came to inspect the house. Then he handed the front-door key to the carpenter and said, "This is your house... my gift to you."

The carpenter was shocked!

What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently.

So it is with us. We build our lives, a day at a time, often putting less than our best into the building. Then, with a shock, we realize we have to live in the house we have built. If we could do it over, we would do it much differently.

But, you cannot go back. You are the carpenter, and every day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Someone once said, "Life is a do-it-yourself project." Your attitude, and the choices you make today, help build the "house" you will live in tomorrow.
Therefore, Build wisely!



WaterLearner said...

Hi Lili!

I have read this story before. But I still enjoyed reading it all over again because the idea to get across is so very important.

Be responsible and take ownership of every moments of our lives. For how we are leaves a signature that comes back to us one day.

Thanks Lili. I really enjoy visiting your good blog!


anits said...

Hi lili...

Thoughtful post!
Remind to always give the best to the others so i will get the best too!

Best regards

lilifxt said...

hi karen it looks u read alot thats very good especially inspiring stories it teaches us how to realize more about life and improve our actions im so glad u visit my humble blog


lilifxt said...

hi anits yes thats right give the best and u will get the best thx for sharing your meaningful thoughts
best wishes

Sam Chan said...

Hi Lili,

Thanks for this wonderful post. Although I had also read this before, I also agree with Karen that it is still a good read.

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." - Maria Robinson

"The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today's work supremely well."

Blessings to you, Lili
Let's Acquire Wisdom and Live with Passion

Monday Morning Power said...

Great find. A very clear and concise analogy. I like it a lot!!!

haze said...

i love this story and the moral lesson learnt - very good passage.


lilifxt said...

hi sam -mondaymorning-haze its nice to share the moral thought i learn from inspiring stories thaks for you comments
goodluck to all

surjit said...

A wonderful story with great message. You have rightly said that we are architects of our own lives. We may 'make or mar' it.
Thanks for sharing .
God bless.

Debbie Dolphin said...

A great moral message which both young and old learn after experience and hopefully, acquire the wisdom on how to build a better life!

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