Aug. 18, 2005, 9:52 a.m.

Pencil

In life, the little things around us no matter how lowly, teach us wisdom. The following allegory was texted to me, and the lesson is precise and straightforward. The second lesson I think is also important because of our nature as human beings. Proverbs 24.16 mentions that a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again. If a righteous man falls that much (7 may mean infinity in Hebrew numerology), how much more does a wicked man? But the more important in that passage is the last portion: the fallen rises again. We always fall, but we should rise every time we fall!

The fourth lesson reminds me of REM's song, Everybody Hurts; but the important thing here is that we use these sharpening for our own good and those around us. We don't despair! Whether we know it or not, these tribulations help us become more mature and strong.

Now, the following is that short text...

"A pencil-maker told the pencils 5 important lessons:

"First, everything you do will always leave a mark; second, you can always correct the mistakes you make; third, what is important is what is inside you. Fourth, in life you will undergo painful sharpening which make you better pencils; and fifth, the most important, to be the best pencil you can be, you must allow yourself to be held and guided by the hand that holds you."