What are you building today? | Life Series

I don’t recall where I found this fable, but I clipped it to come back someday.

Read time: about a min.

I came back to it last week when my wife and I were blue-skying as to what we would do differently if we were to redo our house.

I have shortened and simplified the story, keeping its essence intact. It goes like this.

A carpenter told his employer of his plans to leave the house-building job.

The employer was very sorry to see his worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favour. The carpenter reluctantly agreed to do the final job. His heart was not in his work, so he resorted to hastily workmanship, used inferior materials and cut corners to speed up the work.

The employer came to inspect the house when the house was ready. He handed the front-door key to the carpenter and said, “This is my gift to you.” The carpenter was shocked and embarrassed. What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently.

We are the carpenter, and every day we hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Relationships, health, work are like houses we keep building each day for others and ourselves. But, like the unfortunate carpenter, we often place less than our best into building the house that we have to live in. If we could do it over, we would do it much differently.

Your attitude and the choice you make today help build the “house” you live in tomorrow. Therefore build wisely.

If it made you think a little, then I am sure others will too. Leave a comment or share if you liked it.  

Thank you for sharing some of your precious time with me each week. 

With gratitude, until next week. 


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