Lessons from a Pencil
An old pencil maker took his newest pencil aside, just before he was about to pack him into a box. Imagining the little fellow as a person he recalled a few things about the pencil.
“There are five things you need to know,” he said to his pencil, “before I send you out into the world. Always remember these five things - never forget them - and you will become the best pencil you can be!
“The first thing is to remember that you will be able to do many great things, but only if you put yourself in someone else’s hands.
“From time to time you will experience a painful sharpening, but
remember that this will make you a better pencil.
“Also, keep in mind that you will be able to correct any mistakes you might make along the way.
“And the most important part of you is what’s on the inside.
“And remember this, as well, upon every surface that you are used, you must leave your mark."
We can also learn from these 5 lessons.
We need to allow for others to help us,
we must grow, have a little pain and be sharpened,
learn from and correct the mistakes we make along the way,
focus what in on our inside and also
leave behind a legacy - on that we can be proud of.
This week think about the pencil and remember these five things so that you can live your life with heart and purpose.