Monday, July 18, 2011

The Story of Pencil.

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 the 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 pencil when you grow up.”


Intrigued, the boy looked at the pencil, it didn’t seem very special.He said, “But its like any other pencil I’ve ever seen!”

“That depends on how you look at the 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 mistake. 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 every action.”

Paulo Coelho(Like the flowing river)


What I have to say: My grandfather used to say something similar to that when I was young(I am not old by any means still). Today when I was reading like the flowing river this article took me to those days.

However, although, I am a self acclaimed atheist, I still believe in a superpower, that in my words is the quantum of posetive energy(I wrote a blog post about the relationship about Buddhism and quantum physics some days earlier too. Most of the folks don’t believe I am a Paulo Coelho fan because they think we are of two different leagues, A god-lover and one who don’t believe in anything that has anything to do with the name-god!


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