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A SHORT STORY
An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his
employer-contractor 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. They could
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 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
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 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,
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."
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.
SOURCE- MY FRIEND ARCHANA
31st August 2005
From India, Mumbai
Hi Scare_Crow, I don’t think it is a short "story" at all in the first place. It is true, true, true and true. Hope all of us realise the significance of the "story" baal
1st September 2005
From India, Madras
Dear Psyched, i hope all the members go through the post...to realise itz significance.. regards scare_crow
10th September 2005
From India, Mumbai
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