November 7, 2008

be like a pencil

Posted in tazkirah at 12:58 pm by bello

 

pencil_by_ivanjs

5 Qualities of The Pencil.

A grandmother advises her little grandson, “I hope you will be like this pencil when you grow up. It has 5 qualities which, if u manage to hang on to them, will make u a person who is always at peace with the world.”

1st 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.

2nd Quality : Now & then, I have to stop writing and use a sharpener. That makes the pencil suffer a little but afterwards, its much sharper. So you, too, must learn to bear certain pains and sorrows, because they will make you a better person.

3rd Quality : The pencil always allows us to use an eraser to rub out any mistakes. This means correcting something we did is not necessarily a bad thing; it helps to keep us on the road to justice.

4th 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 5th quality : It always leaves a mark. In just the same way, you should know that everything you do in this life will leave a mark, so try to be conscious of that in your every action.

(From the book ‘Like the Flowing River’ by Paul Coelho)

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