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The Old Carpenter

The Old Carpenter
A carpenter with years of experience was ready to retire. He communicated with his contractor about his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely retired life with his wife and family.

The contractor felt a little upset that his excellent and experienced carpenter was leaving the job, but he requested the carpenter to build just one more house for him.
The carpenter agreed with the contractor, but his heart was not in his work like it used to be. He resorted to shoddy craftmanship and used inferior materials for building the last house of his career.
It was an unfortunate way to end his career. When the carpenter completed the house and the employer came to inspect the home.
He looked around the house, and just before he exited the house, he handed the front-door key to the carpenter.
“This is your house,” he said, “my gift to you.”
This was a massive surprise to the carpenter.
Although it was supposed to be a good surprise, he wasn’t feeling good as he felt a deep shame inside him.

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 a home that wasn’t built that well.

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