Sometimes we build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best. At some important points, we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock, we look at the circumstances we have created and find that we are now living in the situation we have created. If we had realized that earlier, we would have done it differently. Excellence in what we do is not a singular act, it is a habit.

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 and 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 sloppy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career.

We make a living by what we get but we get a life but what we give.-Winston Churchill

 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."

The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.Zig Ziglar

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.  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."  Our life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices we make today. 

By Tim Pedrosa

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