Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Building your House?

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his 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.

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 did not put his skills to use and used inferior materials without inspecting them. It was an unfortunate way to end such a glorious & 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 all over again, 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!

Hard to do all the time even when you know it is your own house that is being built!


  1. Wise words. Well there is some rough building going on during the construction of the Tardis but I reckon it will be sturdy, colourful and individual. Just about sums us up I reckon!

  2. that whole analogy is so cool, i may just print it out and put it on my toilet wall. Thanks Robin!

  3. Excellent piece - like Sarah Toa said a great anology and I'll take this with me where ever I go and the in the decisions i make.