Building Your House

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-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. They could get by.

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 resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a 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 over, 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!

(Author unknown)


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for sharing, dear Amira 🙂
    Yes we usually build our house on pleasures, on sandy fundaments and ignore that it it subject the change of time and life. We are all pupils of this life, but it seems that noone makes right preparations to build our house on a timeless ground, on eternity – as we forget – as long we are young that death is far away and simply ignore it. We depend on the pleasures of this world, run after wishes to catch some happiness, however, also this happiness is just temporary – it is not lasting. The house that we should build in our character and mind should withstand the high waves of time, should be a rock in a stormy sea, beyond here and now. So students at the university they have to learn their lessons if they want to pass the next level of their career – they prepare for it – in the same way we should do it too as time is precious. Once the water has run through the bridge it will not come back… If we are too late, we will not pass thus have to repeat our lessons and class…

    By the way today in this morning I have started to write a similar text content. Later I will finish it and post it.

    Thank you my friend 🙂
    Have a serene time


  2. Dear Didi! Thank you so much for your wisdom words and valuable contribution… Sometimes like you said when we are young we think we have so much time ahead of us… as we start to get older, our perspective changes and we begin to see what is truly important, while all the rest is just ephemeral. I so much look forward to reading your post! Peace and light to you as well Didi:)


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