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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 leisurely 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。

有个老木匠准备退休,他告诉老板,说要离开建造行业,回家与妻子儿女享受天伦之乐。虽然老板给他的工资很高,可是,他更想享受退休生活。生活总能维持下去。

双语故事:老木匠的故事

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。

老板很不舍得他的好工人离开,问他是否能帮忙再建一座房子。老木匠答应了。但是大家后来都看得出来,他的心已不在工作上,他使用的是次料,做工也很粗糙。这真是一种令人遗憾的结束自己部心部意所从事的事业的方式。

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。 ”

房子建好的时候,老板前来视察,然后把大门的钥匙递给他,说道:“这是你的房子……是我送给你的礼物。”

The carpenter was shocked!

老木匠惊呆了!

What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently。

真是丢脸啊!如果他早知道是在给自己建房子,他一定不会这么应付了事的。

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。

我们又何尝不是这样。我们漫不经心地“建造”自己的生活,不是积较行动,而是消较应付,凡事不肯较益求较,在关键时刻不能尽或大努力。等我们惊觉自己的处境,早已深困在自己建造的“房子”里了。如果能够重新来过,我们一定不会这么做。

But, you cannot go back。 You are the carpenter, and every day 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!

但是,你永远也无法回到过去。你就是那个木匠,在建造“生活”这所房子,每天敲进去一颗钉,加上去一块板,或者砌起一面墙。有人曾经说过:“生活就是一项DIY的工程”。你今天的态度与选择决定了你明天会住在什么样的“房子”里。因此,用你的智慧去建造你的“房子”吧!

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