The Carpenter- Life is a Do-It-Yourself Project

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

The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in 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 the employer came to inspect the house. He handed the front-door key to the carpenter. "This is your house," he said, "my gift to you."

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'd do it much differently. But we cannot go back. You are the carpenter. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. 

"Life is a do-it-yourself project," someone has said. Your attitudes and the choices you make today build the "house" you live in tomorrow.

Build wisely! Work like you don't need the money.

Related  Articles :

  • The Trouble Tree - Don't Bring Your Trouble Home

  • 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.........
     
  • A Butterfly Story - Struggles Are Exactly What We Need

  • A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared; he sat and watched the butterfly for  several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole..............
     
  • The Ant and the Dove - Helping One Another

  • AN ANT went to the bank of a river to quench its thirst, and being carried away by the rush of the stream, was on the point of drowning.  A Dove sitting on a tree overhanging the water..........

    Home Page : Motivation and Inspiration Words

    All the site contents are Copyright © www.gotothings.com and the content authors. All rights reserved. 
    Every effort is made to ensure the content integrity.  Information used on this site is at your own risk.
    All product names are trademarks of their respective companies.
    The site www.gotothings.com is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by any company listed at this site.
    Any unauthorised copying or mirroring is prohibited.