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An encouraging journey. . . .
     
lessons on perspective.
   
Welcome to a humble little journey of some twenty pages of encouragement, inspiration,
and thought-provoking works.  Just follow the links at the bottom of each page to move
to the next one, and you'll be on your way.  None of these works are the final say in
encouraging or motivational material, but they all have one thing in common--if we think
about them even just a bit, we can learn something more about the lives we live.
Thanks for joining us--and now, let's go. . . .
   

Build Quality Into Your House
(Author Unknown)

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, we would have done it differently.

Think of yourself as the carpenter.  Think of your life as the 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--do it to the best of your ability."

   

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Living with integrity means:
  • Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships.
  • Asking for what you want and need from others.
  • Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension.
  • Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values.
  • Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.

Barbara DeAngelis

   

I am somebody.  I am me.  I like being me.
And I need nobody to make me somebody.

Louis L'Amour

  
   

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