Monday, 22 August 2011

The retiring carpenter

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 needed to retire. He would get by.

The employer 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 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, 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, erect a wall. "Life is a do-it-yourself project," someone has said. Your attitude and the choices you make today build the "house" you live in tomorrow.

Build wisely!
Author unknown


  1. Marja such a very important story you have posted here.
    We certainly need to build wisely.
    Peggy xxx

  2. Een wijze les Marja. Deze zal ik onthouden en doorgeven.

  3. I agree, life is a work in progress.

  4. What a great, wise story. Thanks for posting it.

  5. wow...awesome... such a good message in this story,,, if we make the same efforts for our fellow humans, the problems of the world would end and everyone would be happy... all we want is for ourselves and for others we dont care :(

  6. Nice story Marja, & I love the photo. Thank you.

  7. Hi Marja .. that's a great story - can't think of the right word .. I thought parable - but don't think it's quite right .. cheers Hilary


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