the builder

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 enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed 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 his career.

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

What a shock! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well.

So it is with us. We build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best. At important points we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized, we would have done it differently.

Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about your house. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Build wisely. It is the only life you will ever build. Even if you live it for only one day more, that day deserves to be lived graciously and with dignity. The plaque on the wall says, "Life is a do-it-yourself project."

Who could say it more clearly? Your life today is the result of your attitudes and choices in the past. Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today.

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  1. pollie Post author

    lol thanks faye!!! dunno how i did it only took and hour haha!!!!! thanks for help, just need to sort emoticons out now!!!!

  2. natchonovo

    well done pollie enjoyed the story………and the moral of it too (would leave a smile but don’t know where the emoticons are either……… big SMILE !!!!

  3. pollie Post author

    thanks solo appreciate you reading…. faye….. nothing is coming through now haha!!! so in answer to your question NO lolol!!!! and wheres the damn smiley faces????!!!

  4. foreveryoung2

    That was great pollie. I’ve hit my thumb with the hammer a number of times, hopefully one day I will get it right, but I’d better hurry time is running out LOL

  5. Suzan1957

    Really great blog Pollie. I’m with mcathy, it only we could of learned or known this when we were younger. I am going to copy this and give it to my children and my grandchildren. Great lessons of life. Thank you for such a wonderful read.