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“If that man can be happy, cheerful, and confident,” Harold said to himself, “how much more can I.”

Harrold Abbot was a chronic warrior. That is until one spring day in 1934 when, as he was walking down the street, he saw something that put an end to all his worries. “It all happened in ten seconds,” he told a friend years later, “but during those ten seconds I learned more about how to live than I had learned in the previous ten years.” At the time, Harold had been trying to run a grocery store—not easy in the middle of the Great Depression. He had gone heavily into debt, and had been forced to close his store a few days before.
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Sometimes the best things in life are the ones that money can’t buy.”

Iwent to see a friend the other day. I passed through two sets of polished doors and ascended the building in a gleaming elevator to get to his office. A receptionist offered me a cup of gourmet coffee before ushering me into a spacious conference room, where personal mementos, souvenirs from world travels, and numerous awards competed for space on teak shelves.
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The only way out for me now was up! I could get up, I told myself. I could get back on track and continue the race.”

As I strolled along the river, swans and other birds added to the beauty of a sunny Sunday afternoon that was wasted on me. The past few years had been a nightmare. Alcoholism was taking its toll. Guilt, negativity, and discouragement hung over me like dark clouds. I was separated from my wife and had lost my job. I had also lost the respect of all my friends and coworkers. I felt like a worthless failure.

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You are the carpenter of your life. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Your attitudes and the choices you make today build your ‘house’ of tomorrow.”

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire, and he told his boss of his plans to leave and live a more leisurely life with his wife. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by.

The contractor was sorry to see such a good worker go, and he asked the carpenter to build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work.
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