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 leisurel 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 and 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 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. "
the carpenter was shocked!
what a shame!if he had only known he was building his own house,he would have done it all so differently.
so it is with us . we build our lives, a day at a time,often putting less than our best into the building. then, with a shock;we realize we have to live in the house we have built. if we could do it over,we would do it much differently.
but, you cannot go back. you are the carpenter,and everyday you hammer a nail,place a board ,or erect a wall,someone once said,"life is a do-it-yourself project. "your attitude and the choices you made today,help build the "house"you will live in tomorrow. therefore,build wisely!
once president roosevelt’s house was broken into and lots of things were stolen. hearing this, one of roosevelt’s friends wrote to him and advised him not to take it to his heart so much.
president roosevelt wrote back immediately, saying,”dear friend, thank you for your letter to comfort me. i’m all right now. i think i should thank god. this is because of the following three reasons: firstly, the thief only stole things from me but did not hurt me at all; secondly, the thief has stolen some of my things instead of all my things; thirdly, most luckily for me, it was the man rather than me who became a thief…”
it was quite unlucky for anyone to be stolen from.. however, president roosevelt had such three reasons to be so grateful. this story tells us how we can learn to be grateful in our life.
being grateful is an important philosophy of life and a great wisdom. . it is impossible for anyone to be lucky and successful all the time so long as he lives in the world. smile and so will it when you cry to it. ” if you are grateful to life, it will bring you shining sunlight.
we should learn how to face failure or misfortune bravely and generously and to try to deal with it. if so, should we complain about our life and become frustrated and disappointed ever since then or should we be grateful for our life, rise again ourselves after a fall? william thackeray, a famous british writer, said, “life is a mirror. when you smile in front of it , it will also
if you always complain about everything, you may own nothing in the end. when we are successful, we can surely have many reasons for being grateful, but we have only one excuse to show ungratefulness if we fail.
i think we should even be grateful to life whenever we are unsuccessful or unlucky. only by doing this can we find our weakness and shortcomings when we fail. we can also get relief and warmth when we are unlucky. this can help us find our courage to overcome the difficulties we may face, and receive great impetus to move on. we should treat our frustration and misfortune in our life in the other way just as president roosevelt did. we should be grateful all the time and keep having a healthy attitude to our life forever, keep having perfect characters and enterprising spirit. being grateful is not only a kind of comfort, not an escape from life and nor thinking of winning in spirit like ah q. being grateful is a way to sing for our life which comes just from our love and hope.
when we put a small piece of alum into muddy water, we can see the alum can soon make the water clear. if each of us has an attitude of being grateful, we’ll be able to get rid of impulse, upset, dissatisfaction and misfortune. being grateful can bring us a better and more beautiful life.
happiness is like a pebble dropped into a pool to set in motion an ever-widening circle of ripples. as stevenson has said, being happy is a duty.
there is no exact definition of the word happiness. happy people are happy for all sorts of reasons. the key is not wealth or physical well-being, since we find beggars, invalids and so-called failures, who are extremely happy.
being happy is a sort of unexpected dividend. but staying happy is an accomplishment, a triumph of soul and character. it is not selfish to strive for it. it is, indeed, a duty to ourselves and others.
being unhappy is like an infectious disease. it causes people to shrink away from the sufferer. he soon finds himself alone, miserable and embittered. there is, however, a cure so simple as to seem, at first glance, ridiculous; if you don’t feel happy, pretend to be!
it works. before long you will find that instead of repelling people, you attract them. you discover how deeply rewarding it is to be the center of wider and wider circles of good will.
then the make-believe becomes a reality. you possess the secret of peace of mind, and can forget yourself in being of service to others.
being happy, once it is realized as a duty and established as a habit, opens doors into unimaginable gardens thronged with grateful friends.