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Life is a do-it-yourself project.

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-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 wanted 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 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. If 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.

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 attitudes and the choices you make today will be your life tomorrow, build it wisely.

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Categories: Motivate Yourself
  1. Sachin
    July 5, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Super great & that’s the fact>>>>

  2. Reshma
    July 5, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    best 1………..

  3. Devan
    July 5, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Rajiv, I have read this story many times years before, and “only” agree with that. But, now I realize the real meaning of this story.

    In a chat with friends we was discussing that something u do just for a pleasure, in future it can come in front of u… and depending on “how” u did it in past, it can became a good or bad.

  4. Bijal
    July 5, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    nice 1 and agree.

  5. July 13, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    @ Sachin, Reshma, Devan and Bijal.

    Thank you very much for warm comments. Keep visiting the blog. Much appreciated 🙂

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