Building your House

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I love reading and this is one of the reason why now I used to wear eyeglasses and contact lenses. I do not regret that I read a lot, but I regret not taking care of my own eyes. If only I could go back to the time that I have my 20/20 vision, maybe I can have my ways of taking care of my eyes. I love reading and I always look forward for the lessons of the stories. I use them to reflect on my own personalities and attitude towards life. I also love sharing what I've learned. I have read this story and I want to share it to you. It touches my heart really. I know all of you can relate and reflect on this.
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!


Cynical Musings/ JLandsberger July 11, 2010 at 10:21 AM  

That is wonderful....thank you for sharing it. I really love the analogy of us building our lives one day at a time...

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