The story have been told many times but still a good reminder.
An elderly carpenter was ready to retire and he told his contractor about his plans to leave the business. He plans to live a more leisurely life with his wife and his extended family.
The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go but asked him if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter agreed but 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."
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. (author unknown)
Living a life is like constructing a building: if you start wrong, you'll end wrong. ~Maya Angelou