Shape Your Future, Not Someone Else’s

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family. He would miss the paycheck each week. But he wanted to retire. They could get by.

The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go & asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes but over 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 a dedicated career.

When the carpenter finished his work, his employer came to inspect the house. Then he handed the front-door key to the carpenter and said, “This is your house… my gift to you.”

— Building Your House

Work to us is a means on how to get by. When the day is done we leave it all behind. It is only our problem during, and not of concern until we return.

We act selflessly, but to an extent which benefits ourselves

We build what we want and shape our own lives with the belief that only what applies to us is by choice.

Too many times we cannot go back and change the way something was. Yet during that time, we don’t fully see what may or may not apply to us.

We think positive of our choices which is beneficial to follow, but lack of effort in places we don’t see fit is lack of effort overall.

Every moment of our lives is a do-it-yourself project that we neglect to see that way. We feel the factors don’t apply to us if we don’t initially imagine what else can happen.

Building a house to us is just another means to our end that isn’t the house, it’s the profitability from work. We fail to take into account the aftermath of an action if we see an end that may not come as expected.

This applies to our lives all the time and when we least expect it is when it shows.

Being nice to the cashier warrants niceness back and a free drink.

Helping a friend move gives them the idea that they will do the same for us when the time comes.

Our choices we make shape our outcomes while the attitude taken to choices bring us unexpected and hidden outcomes.


Sharing a story brings the same bonus

We may not all be guilty of wanting to finish writing for the sake of being done. But when we do experience this blank effort, we forget the reason we do what we do.

Our impact is what brings us happiness and our words give insight to those who see it in the way we had hoped it to be perceived.

We may tell ourselves we don’t always work for our benefit and we do not share our stories for the same. In the end, our only judgment for when we are complete and done is when we say we are.

If you write, you get a point across, provide the clarity you see necessary, then move on to the next piece with the same ideal in mind. We never truly know when the full potential for impact has been met.


Review your work and judge from new eyes

We strive for improvement and we look back on our mistakes and our short-sights.

What we lack to see is where we had more to say and neglected to take the time and realize what we had to add.

In any form of work we see it as work and struggle to finish to continue onto the next task.

We accept the truth of quality over quantity, but our efforts say otherwise.

We are not at fault for wanting to move forward, but we are responsible for taking the time to see something to its full potential.

We are the creators and the speakers who know our message. Others might not come to the same conclusion and in this sense, we have failed our task.

Give as much purpose to the work it needs and more as consumers will want to gain all they can. While we teeter on both sides of the equation, we should come to the realization that creators should seek the same method of creation.

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