It is not often that I use other’s words on “happy as a pig in mud” but I read this fable last night and knew straight away that I had to put it on my blog:
The Carpenter’s House
“An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer of his plans to leave the building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family.
He would miss the pay check, 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 favour. 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 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. We build our lives, one day at a time, often putting in less than our best effort into the building. Then with a shock we realise that 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.”Author unknown
Think of yourself as the carpenter and the house is your life. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Your attitudes and choices you make build the house/life you live. Build wisely, for it is the only life you will ever build. If you go the extra mile; give life your best shot; live with integrity, kindness, honesty, gratitude and thoughtfulness; then, chances are, you’re going to build a great life; a life you can be proud of.
Who could say it more clearly? Your life today is the result of your attitudes and choices in the past. Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today. Are you making the best choices? Are you living life to the fullest? Are you trying your best?