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
He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior
materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a
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!"
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'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
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
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody is watching.
"24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not."
~ Stephen Wright