Sharing a classic story to give us pause to reflect as we build our lives.  “The Carpenter”

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

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.”

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. 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.”  Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today.  (Author Unknown)

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Notes from Nancy:

How will you build your life?  Do you choose a life by design or by default?  I invite you to create your life with intention, by design and to dream big and be your best!  Using the Dream Board Secrets™ method to release the past, create the future and enjoy each moment in the present!

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Nancy Matthews is a Speaker, Author and Business Advisor, who combines her 30 years of business savvy and creative ingenuity with her intuitive understanding of people.  She engages and entertains audiences while providing practical solutions to their daily life and business challenges.  She is known as the “Visionary with Guts” for her persistence in going for her goals and dreams despite apparent obstacles or challenges.  In addition to her speaking engagements and coaching programs, Nancy is the CEO and Founder and serves on the Board of Directors of Glorious Being (501)(c)(3) (  Contact: (800) 928-6928.  To learn more about Nancy


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