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House Building...... it's About Your Choices!



An older carpenter decided to retire while he still had his health and could enjoy life a little. So, he told his boss, the general contractor, about his plans to leave and live a more relaxed life with his wife, "so we can enjoy our grandchildren" he said, adding, “I’ll miss the paycheck, but I’ll get by”.


The contractor, who had known him for years, said he was sorry to see such a good worker go, and he asked the carpenter to build just one more house ... "as a personal favor."


The carpenter agreed, but it was easy to see that his heart wasn’t in his work. He started to cut corners, his work got sloppy and he even decided to pocket some extra cash by using inferior materials. “After all”, he thought,   ”I’m going to need some extra money for my retirement”. He doubled down and ordered cut-rate windows, installed cheap shingles and put only the minimum amount of insulation in the attic. It was truly a very sad way to end a dedicated career.


When the day came to pack up his tools for the final time and he had finished his work, the contractor arrived to inspect the house. With a big smile on his face, he handed the front-door key to the carpenter. "This is your house," the contractor said warmly. "It is my gift to you."


The carpenter was shaken! 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 must live in the house we have built.

If we could do it over, we would do it much differently. But we cannot go back...

You are the carpenter of your own life. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Your attitudes and the choices you make today build your "house" for tomorrow... At Ravenhill Smith, we are committed to helping you 'do it right' ...if you need some help building your organization call us today. 1-888-447-5910 ext. 727

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