How are you building your life?

by Stephen on July 30, 2012 · 21 comments

in Inspirational Stories

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 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.

Author Unknown

If you find this story useful, please share with a friend!

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cherry Agrawal July 30, 2012 at 10:09 am

It is really an inspirational story. I hope people read this story and guide their lives on a right path.

2 Vandana July 31, 2012 at 3:06 am

A great story…very inspirational..

3 Shivi July 31, 2012 at 5:59 am

This is true reality for all of us. People will like it beacause it is motivational and related to all of us.

4 Jean July 31, 2012 at 8:55 pm

It defines in reality…a very inspirational one.

5 Ndisya August 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm

This is a great inspirational story indeed… It defines our roles and purpose in life. Am so much inspired.

6 Gautam August 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Truly Inspirational. We all need to learn a lesson from this great story…..

7 mwalimu misoi August 3, 2012 at 1:26 am

People should aspire to do anything to the best irrespective of who is to benefit.

8 Rene August 3, 2012 at 10:51 am

Great and inspirational!! Hope to have more of this life inspiring stories. Thanks a lot!

9 Ynamarie August 4, 2012 at 8:02 am

Nice story, I’m so much inspired!!! Thnx to those who published it.

10 Pritesh August 6, 2012 at 6:45 am

Really great story is here

11 Ved Patel August 10, 2012 at 12:31 am

Great ……

12 Divine August 22, 2012 at 6:01 am

Such a touching story. . . Awesome one. . . . I felt it. . .

13 Jayson August 26, 2012 at 10:04 am

I love this site, it inspired me a lot. Each story makes me a different person after reading it.. thanks a lot!

14 Md sakhawat husain August 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Very nice & so insipretional story. We all need to learn a lession form this story. Thank to who published this one

Md sakhawat husain
saudia arabia

15 Anamika Thakur September 13, 2012 at 3:27 am

Best to read…………Thanks
So nice and touching stories.

16 Rita Borg October 4, 2012 at 8:12 pm

You do the very best in life and God will do the rest.

Thank you for teaching us to be wise.

17 Rashmi November 7, 2012 at 1:37 am

Great inspirational story to decide our base of life which is lost 🙂

18 Ashish Kumar January 19, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Very good story but those blue lines are the best… I will cherish them forever…

19 Ako August 2, 2013 at 11:33 am

Really inspiring…

20 Yomama November 24, 2014 at 12:34 pm


21 Koju anel April 6, 2015 at 8:09 am

Masterpiece !!

Leave a Comment