Christopher Wren

This story seems particularly appropriate at this time of year.

Christopher Wren was an architect who lived in England during the 17th century. He had a lot to do with rebuilding London after the great fire of 1666.

The story, which I believe is apocryphal, is said to go like this:

One day in 1671, Christopher Wren observed three bricklayers on a scaffold, all of them working very hard and fast. To the first bricklayer, Christopher Wren asked the question, “What are you doing?” to which the bricklayer replied, “I’m working.” The second bricklayer, responded, “I’m building a wall.” But the third bricklayer, the most productive of the three when asked the question, “What are you doing?” replied “I’m building a cathedral to The Almighty.” They were rebuilding St. Paul’s Cathedral after the fire.

This Thursday, when you are with family and friends, thinking about what you have to be thankful for, it’s also a good time to be thankful to yourself, and think about what you have accomplished. It’s too easy, because of everything that has to be done every day, to forget all the things that you have accomplished in your life and in your work.  Like the second workman, we get caught up in the task at hand, and don’t look at what we have accomplished and have still to accomplish.

Think too about the people who have helped you get to where you are today, and be thankful for all those who have helped you (even those whose help may not have seemed like help at the time).

Take a step back and look at what you have created in your life so far, and what is still in front of you that you can do, if you wish. After all you may be building a cathedral.

A very happy Thanksgiving to each and every one and a tip of the glass from me to you!

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2 comments on “Christopher Wren

  1. Lynda Burd says:

    Thanks E! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well! Lynda and Jerry

  2. Immigrant says:

    E I very much enjoy your writing, Thank you! Have a great One!!!

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