Friday, February 23, 2007

The Story of the Pencil

I wanna be like a "Pencil" !! I know what you're thinking right now dear readers, but no, Not thin as a Pencil, but like a pencil...

This is a story that I really liked from Like The Flowing River, by Paulo Coelho.
I just wanted to share it with you. Hope you like it as well :)

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.’

7 comments:

sedna said...

I want to be a pencil too!!

Hopeless Poet said...

I don't like using the wooden pencils but after reading this I am gonna reconsider :D

Gloomy said...

the book seems intresting, in sha2 allah ashtareeh..

aart hilal said...

hello!
While surfing in the net I discovered your profile and I also love
the work of Paulo Coelho!!!! Do you know that he is launching his new
book, The Witch of Portobello, through his blog
www.paulocoelhoblog.com?
I found it out because i'm inscibed to his newsletter
http://www.warriorofthelight.com/engl/index.html
it's simply wonderful!
have a nice day!

SouS said...

Thats such a beautiful story in a really good book, when I read it i actually thought of posting it, but didnt get the chance to do it.. glad you did though, you should also do the one about Gengiz khan and his falcon.. or eagle.. can't remember which it was...the one abt friendship

Euphoria said...

Thanks all for your comments :)

Aart hilal, welcome! and yeah! I'm a Coelho lover ;)

Sous: Welcome! I see you don't have a blog!

Reema said...

luvvvd the story dear euphoria
keep it up