The book Like The Flowing River from author Paulo Coelho is one of my favourite reads. It is an intimate collection of Paulo Coelho reflections and short stories written from 1998 to 2005.
One that stood out to me is The Story of the Pencil. It is a story of a grandmother telling her grandchild that when he grows up, she hopes that he is more like a pencil.
At first I thought be more like a WHAT and then I read further…
The Pencil has 5 Qualities:
1. You are capable of great things, but you must never forget that there is a hand guiding your steps. Isn’t that so true, whether you call that hand God, the Universe, Guardian Angel or Buddha that hand is there guiding you, reminding you that in this big world you are not alone. That there is someone or something walking this path with you. Never doubt that.
2. Now and then I must stop writing and use a sharpener that makes the pencil suffer a little, but afterwards it is much sharper. So you to must learn to bear certain pains and sorrows because they will make you a better person. I have found that during times when you are sharpened to ask what can be good about this, how can I use this to better not only me, but others too? I usually walk away from the situation not only sharper, but stronger too.
3. The pencil always allows us to use an eraser to rub out mistakes this means correcting something we did is not necessarily a bad thing; it helps to keep us on the road to justice. I believe it gives us a second chance to re- evaluate, to do things differently the next time around.
4. What really matters to the pencil is not the wooden exterior but the graphite inside. So always pay attention to what is happening inside you. They say to look outside is to dream, but to look inside is to awaken.
5. It always leaves a mark you should know that everything you do in life leave a mark so try to be conscious of that in your every action
Using a pencil is a great way to teach these 5 amazing qualities not only to children, but to adults too. Now when I use a pencil I can’t help but to reflect on the words of Paulo Coelho.