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June 22, 2016

Facts of Life

Dear Friend,

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business, live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy 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.

Therefore, 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 we can’t 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.” Your attitudes and the choices you make today build the house you live in tomorrow.

Build wisely!!!

Work like you don’t need the money.

Love like you’ve never been hurt.

Dance like nobody is watching.

(sent to me by my good friends marvin and his partner sam)
Your Friend,

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