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A carpenter had finally made the decision that he was going to retire. For nearly 40 years he had worked for himself as a master carpenter specializing in building homes. The man had built homes of all shapes and sizes, from tract homes for section-eight to custom designed mansions for billionaires.
The man had an established reputation for craftsmanship and quality. Many of the large local contractors in the area relied on him for many years because they were certain that all work turned in would be of the highest standard and ready to put on the market. Upon hearing of his decision to retire one of his best and most loyal customers a general contractor asked if he would build one more home for him. It would be one of the largest and nicest homes that the man would ever build in his career.
Worried that this “one last job” would be the start of many “one last jobs” the carpenter denied the request on several occasions. After weeks and months of the contractor begging the carpenter to take the job, the master carpenter decided to grant his request. Before taking any form of deposit for the work to be done the carpenter made sure that the message was clear “This is the absolute last house I am building.”
Feeling the conviction in the carpenter’s voice the contractor swore that this would be the last job he would ask the carpenter to complete. After taking the deposits and reviewing the plans the carpenter realized that this house could very well be the biggest and most beautiful home that he had ever built.
When construction began the carpenter found himself with a feeling of dullness and disconnect never felt before. He knew it was his last home to build and in reality he didn’t really want to build it. Whereas before he always imagined the families that would live in the house and how he wanted them to be proud of where they lived. This time it was much different, no forethought was ever given. Throughout the process he let many things that normally would have never lived up to his standard slide. He used poor quality materials and rushed many of the processes in the construction of the home. The project took 90 days longer than the initial anticipated completion date, the contractor grew anxious and frustrated as his plans and timeline for the house had to be changed many times.
When the house was complete the carpenter chose not even to present the house to the contractor. When the work was complete he left the key under a rock and didn’t even bother to perform a walk through to insure the work. For several days the carpenter set at home avoiding phone calls from the contractor fearing that there was “one last job” to complete or even touch ups on the home he just performed.
Finally, on the 8th or 9th day of dodging phone calls the carpenter answered the phone. “I need you to meet me at the house in an hour” the contractor told the carpenter. Curious about what the meeting at the property could be about the carpenter confirmed he would be there.
When he arrived at the property he was surprised to find the many employees of the contractor along with his own employees present at the property. Finding his way to the front door he was welcomed by the contractor, “Sir, for all of your hard work over the years I want to give you this home that you have built. You will get to live in what you are responsible for building.”
For many of us, as with the carpenter we are unable to recognize that we get to live in whatever we build. The life that we occupy is the result of how well we have first planned and then the diligence and pride that we take in delivering on that plan. A 2” foundation in place of a 6” foundation for home building makes a big difference. The desire and attention to detail about the makings and happenings of our life are the materials that matter most.
The greatest plans never come to fruition if they are not engaged with an intention toward producing a quality product/life/experience. The carpenter expected and wasn’t concerned with lackluster results, his behavior clearly showed it.
The question we must always be aware of regularly visiting is “is what I’m building where I want live?”
Look at your physical body, is it what you want or where you need it to be? What about the quality of your relationships, have you lost your passion for producing the product you initially wanted? Have you stopped pursuing excellence in your career?
What is required for you to be proud of “where you live?”
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