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Posted: 8/15/2005 3:32:04 PM EDT
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
a dedicated career.

When the carpenter finished his work the employer came to inspect the house.
He handed the front-door key to the carpenter.

"This is your house," he said, "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'd do it much
differently. But we cannot go back.

You are the carpenter.

Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. "Life is a
do-it-yourself project," someone has said.

Your attitudes and the choices you make today, build the "house" you live in
tomorrow. Build wisely!
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 3:37:16 PM EDT
Nicely put!

Link Posted: 8/15/2005 3:39:23 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 3:41:02 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 3:41:56 PM EDT
That's awesome.
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 3:42:20 PM EDT
Good story, Bama.
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 3:42:40 PM EDT
That's a very wise lesson. Thanks!
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 3:45:36 PM EDT
Thats why I give 100% and dont play games. Life is to short.

Good enough never is!
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 3:54:16 PM EDT
Yeah , yeah , yeah .....

And if I knew I was gonna live this long I would
have taken better care of myself
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 4:13:39 PM EDT
So, in other words: "Arbeit Macht Frei " (work shall set you free) ?

Remember Comrades! The blood of the American worker is nothing more than oil for the machinery created by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor!


Don't give away your love
Don't give away your sweat
Because a girl can't know you
And a boss can't forget
Jesus and tequila

Minutemen (a very commie band), Double Nickels on the Dime, 1984
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 4:18:59 PM EDT
That was beautiful, man! I think I'm gonna cry.
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 6:40:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:
you forgot the part where he puts the shoddy house on the market and resells it for twice what it cost to build the retired in tahiti for the good life.

the moral to the story is, work smart sell high, live large

I was thinking the samething.
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