A retired carpenter told his employer that he was ready and willing to spend his time with his wife and family. He would have missed his job, but he realized that it was time to spend time with the people who were important to him.
His supervisor was saddened by the news, for the carpenter had worked well and faithfully for many years. He asked the carpenter if he could do something good for him and build one more house.
The carpenter agreed, although his love for construction was gone.
While he was building this last house, his normal character disappeared and his efforts were blurred, at least. He used inexpensive and inexpensive materials and cut corners wherever he could find them. It was a bad way to complete the volunteer work he had.
When the carpenter finished building, his master came to inspect the house. He handed the key to the carpenter and said, “This house is my gift to you for all the hard work you have done for me over the years.”
The carpenter was amazed.
What an open gift he could have received from his boss, but if he had known that he was going to build a house for himself, he would have made his usual efforts to build a high-quality home.
The same principle applies to how you build your life. Every day you wake up gives you a chance to put your foot forward, but we usually do a little work, saving the most important things of the “other day”. Then one day we find ourselves shocked that our lives are not what we had hoped they would be. The “house” we built to live in has many flaws due to lack of effort.
However, you can’t go back and rebuild in a day or two. As people say, “Life is a work you do for yourself.” Your attitude and choices help shape the life you will live tomorrow. Build carefully.
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