Building Your House
No doubt 2011 was been a challenging year for some… I am sure that I have taken some short cuts when a little more care was needed. And I am sure if I had my time again, I would probably take more care with tasks that were important rather than reacting to those that appeared urgent
To make my point the following reflects on the feelings of a worker nearing the end of his employment as a builder… and how making things important and the pursuit of excellence should be always a priority…
So, enjoy the Building Your House…
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 pay check 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 favour.
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, plan and build your house (Life) wisely!