lessons from a pencil




“A pencil 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 the 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.

Fifth Quality: a pencil 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.”

by Paulo Coelho.




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