By Michelle Casto
Like William Henley who once said, “I
am the master of
my fate. The captain of my soul,” I agree that Life
is a Do-It Yourself project. If you want to live a
certain kind of life, you are going to have to be
proactive so you can consciously create life as you
would like it. You must first mentally visualize and
then physically create what you want. You can do this
by having a clear vision and developing strong
intentions. Your life is your gift, how you
appreciate it and use it is entirely up to you.
Take this story as an example of the importance of building
it with excellence and pride (author unknown):
An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his
employer-contractor of his plans to leave the
house-building business and live a more leisurely life
with his wife enjoying his extended family. He would
miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They
could get by.
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 in 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
When the carpenter finished his work, the employer
came to inspect the house. He handed the front-door
key to the carpenter. “This is your house,” he said,
“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 we are shocked to realize we have to
live in the house we have built! If we could do it
over, we’d do it much differently. And better.
But you cannot go back. You are the carpenter. Each
day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall.
Your attitudes and the choices you make today build
the house you live in tomorrow. Build wisely! Build
with commitment, pride, joy, and love.
When designing the life you want to live and the work
you want to do, it is important to pay attention to
your longings/yearnings--- this is your soul trying to
communicate with you its deepest desires. The word
intuition is latin for “in to you,” and by learning to
listen to your intuition, you will make wiser
Contrary to popular belief, life is not meant to be a
struggle. You are meant to experience ease and
enjoyment, but you have to learn to listen to what
your higher self is saying to you. And then you have
to take action by designing your “life blueprint.”
Life Design Elements
Your life is a big, beautiful blooming flower with
numerous specially decorated petals making up your
Your lessons are your personal learning and growth
Your values provide direction and guidance for
important life decisions.
Your vision is your overall blueprint for the kind of
life you want to lead.
Your purpose is who you want to be and what you want
to share with others.
Your passions are the things you love.
Your life’s work are the on-going personal and
professional projects that you complete.
Your goals are mini-steps that help support your work,
purpose, and vision.
Your roles are the parts you play along your journey.
Your supports are the people, places, and things that
give you a sense of balance.
Your path is the way you choose to create your life by
conscious choices you make during your journey.
You must find your path and bravely follow it wherever