Once upon a time, there was a very skilled carpenter who was about to retire. He was retiring after a long and dedicated career in building houses. He was a master of his work and was extremely famous for his extraordinary work.
When they joined a contractor, they made a very special promise. Carpenter had a promise to the contractor that every house he built would be built as if it were the most important project ever and every home he would build would be filled with creativity, dedication, love, and care.
Ready to retire, Carpenter goes to his boss’s office to tell him of his plans. “The house I just completed will be my last. I would like to retire from services now,” said Carpenter.
The contractor said, “I’m sorry you’re leaving our organization. May I request you be kind enough to do me the last favors?”
“Please sir, tell me what I can do for you?” the carpenter asked.
The contractor said, “Just build me one more house, then you’re free to go.”
The carpenter, who had great respect for his master, agreed and immediately began work on the new home. But unlike any other house he’s built over the years, he hasn’t made full use of his expertise with this last one. He adopted every possible shortcut to complete the project in record time. The only reason behind this was that he wanted to start his second innings after retirement as soon as possible. They cut corners, used substandard materials, and hurried to get the job done.
Within a few weeks, the carpenter completed the house. And finally, the carpenter called his master and showed him the house.
The contractor was very happy and grateful to him. “Thank you for doing this personal favor for me, “he said softly to the carpenter.”
Then the contractor handed the carpenter some paper and the key at the front door and said, “These are for you. The house you just built is my farewell gift for your years of hard work and dedication.”
The carpenter was amazed. He could not believe that the house he had just built was his own. If they knew this, they would have done their best in it.
Carpenter broke his initial promise. He failed to keep the promise he made to his employer and himself, the promise that he would do his job with excellence and true mastery of his craft. As a result, he didn’t put in his full effort to make his home.
Similarly, in our life, we break promises and live in less than ideal circumstances, situations that we have created by ourselves.
“You must keep your promises and fulfill your commitments.”