The week is flying by and we've made it over the hump. How are doing with the tip of the week. I'd love to hear how its going.
Anyway, its nearing the weekend so I'd like to share with you a light poem. This one I stood up in front of the students and tell them at the beginning of every year and, it resonates just as well for you as you build your life today. Sorry if you already know it.
An elderly carpenter was due to retire.
He told his employer of his plans to leave the business and start a life of leisure with his wife and extended family.
He would miss the money, but the time was right and he was ready to hang up his hammer.
His boss was disappointed as the carpenter had been a loyal and diligent worker for many years, so he was sad to see him go.
He asked for one last favor, requesting that the carpenter could build one last house before retiring.
The tradesman agreed, but it was soon clear that his heart wasn’t in it.
He took shortcuts, used inferior materials and put in a half-hearted effort.
In the end the final product was well short of his usual standards, a disappointing way to end his career.
When the job was finished, the employer came to inspect the work. After taking a look around, he handed the keys to the carpenter and said, “This is your house, it’s 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 that we would have done it differently.
Think of yourself as the Carpenter. Life is a do-it-yourself project.
Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today.
If you’re not happy with what you see, perhaps it’s a direct consequence of what you’ve been building over the years.
IS IT TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT A CHANGE?
Enjoy the rest of the week
Richie Forde, Performance Coach and the Founder of Edge Coaching Services.