Here we go again...

Miner walking with a hammer

We trust you had an enjoyable festive period and reflected positively on the year just gone. To the year ahead it would seem as if things are gradually building up a head of steam and that we might be in for another wild ride, if not this year, then next.

However it feels to you, it’s a great move to be clear and focussed, so set the slate clean of last year and focus laser-like on the 12 months ahead. We hope great things will unfold for you.

What will you build and what legacy will you leave behind this year?

We noticed this article in the Maverick Spirit newsletter. We haven’t referenced the newsletter for a while but this one is perfect as you get set for 2012. For more motivational tips and ideas visit Wayne Mansfield at

2011 has been a very long and challenging year for some... me included. I am sure that I have taken some short cuts when a little more care was needed. And I am sure if I had my time again, I would probably take more care with tasks that "just had to be done."

Today's issue reflects on the feelings of a worker nearing the end of his employment as a builder... and how excellence should be always a priority...

So, enjoy Building Your House...

Building Your House:

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 pay check each week, but he wanted to retire. They could get by.

The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go & asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favour.

The carpenter said yes, but over 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 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 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 make today, help build the "house" you will live in tomorrow.

Therefore, Build Wisely throughout the year ahead!