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The Story of the Pencil....
Monday, February 12, 2007
A 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 to 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.’
- From Paulo Coelho's 'Like a Flowing river'


posted by All Smiles!! @ 10:07 AM  
  • At 10:21 AM, Blogger Beefybob7 said…

    Rajitha you are the sharpest pencil in the box!!

  • At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Sadiya said…

    Good one Rajitah!!
    “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.”said a famous and maybe an intelligent man.

    But with ma experience I wanna slightly change it to say “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of sincere effort.”

  • At 12:54 PM, Anonymous Abha said…

    Good one Rajitha.
    'A pencil will write in zero gravity, upside down, and under water!' Now, whats the significance of that....Hmmmmmm.....

  • At 12:56 PM, Anonymous Abha said…

    Hey Sadiya, when I was writing my comment there was only one there and after I hit 'publish' yours was there too - guess we were both writing at the same time :-)

  • At 3:05 PM, Anonymous Chandra said…

    Nice one Rajitha!!

  • At 6:04 PM, Blogger kittu said…

    Very nice. Pencils happen to come in all colors too :)... And you need clay to hold the graphite together just like integrity. My two cents!

  • At 6:45 PM, Blogger kavya said…

    Paulo Coelho is my favourite writer.have u read his Eleven Minutes and Zahir?? read if u havn't ...u will love them.

    I am yet to read "like a flowing river".

    thnx for sharing words of wisdom!

  • At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Venu said…

    Good one!! thought provoking.. Never thought about pencil this way...

  • At 11:36 AM, Blogger Rajitha said…

    Thanks Bob!!

    Thanks Chandra!!

    Thanks Kittu.. Absolutely!!

    Kavya, I am a great fan of this influential author too... have read eleven minutes but not Zahir, have to get my hands on it now..

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