People Skills: What Kind of House Are You Building?

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 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 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 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 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 of your life as the 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, do it to the best of your ability.”

This is a favorite story of mine – and I have many! And it fits in with my belief that each day, board, nail etc. is ours to do with as we wish and each one builds where we live – because, as you know by now –

You create your day, week, month, year and life – by the way you think! Make it magnificent!

One last quote for an amazing man –

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own.

No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours -it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”

~Bob Moawad (American Motivational speaker and Chairman of Edge Learning Institute)

Thank you for reading!

Blessings, Shawna

 Shawna is a Certified Speaking Professional and helps professionals profit with people skills.

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~ by Shawna Schuh on February 11, 2011.

One Response to “People Skills: What Kind of House Are You Building?”

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