Thoughts to Ponder: The Carpenter’s House

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.

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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 that we would have done it differently.

Even if you live it for only one day more, that day deserves to be lived graciously and with dignity.

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.” Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today.

Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today.

Author: unknown

I believe in living each day graciously and with dignity. I believe that every relationship that ends should have a proper ending because we owe it to the people who once became part of our lives and held a special spot in our hearts. Same goes when we decide to leave our workplace. Be thankful for the memories and leave every place you’ve been to with your head high.

I also believe in well-thought and well-planned events and gifts. And I strongly believe that everything we create bears our signature. 

Every day is a new chance to make things right towards a better future. Let’s us not waste the chance. :D

xoxo berryduchess

7 comments on “Thoughts to Ponder: The Carpenter’s House”

  1. What a lovely blog – and thought provoking post. I agree that we spend a lot of our time reacting, it takes a great deal of practise to veer away from our routines and habits.

    I agree with your comments, we do build our own houses, the lives we live are reflections of the decisions we make.

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