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The Story of a Pencil

July 12, 2011 by  
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The Story of a PencilA boy was watching his grandmother write a letter. At one point he asked:

‘Are you writing a story about what we’ve done? Is it a story about me?’

His grandmother stopped writing her letter and said to her grandson:

‘I am writing about you, actually, but more important than the words
is the pencil I’m using. I hope you will be like this pencil when you
grow up.’

Intrigued, the boy looked at the pencil. It didn’t seem very special.

‘But it’s just like any other pencil I’ve ever seen!’

‘That depends on how you look at things. It has five qualities which,
if you manage to hang on them, will make you a person who is always at
peace with the world.’

First quality: you are capable of great things, but you must never
forget that there is a hand guiding your steps. We call that hand God,
and He always guides us according to His will.’

Second quality: now and then, I have to stop writing and use a
sharpener. That makes the pencil suffer a little, but afterwards, he’s
much sharper. So you, too, must learn to bear certain pains and
sorrows, because they will make you a better person.’

Third quality: the pencil always allows us to use an eraser to rub
out any mistakes. This means that correcting something we did is not
necessarily a bad thing; it helps to keep us on the road to justice.’

Fourth quality: what really matters in a pencil is not its wooden
exterior, but the graphite inside. So always pay attention to what is
happening inside you.’

‘Finally, the pencil’s fifth quality: it always leaves a mark. In just
the same way, you should know that everything you do in life will
leave a mark, so try to be conscious of that in your every action.’

– fwd courtesy: vathan shettigar

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