Tuesday, 7 June 2011

A Story of Pencil

I wanna share a story of a pencil.. yeah.. pencil.. as I read from Like The Flowing River written by Paulo Coelho. It was a simple story but with thousand meanings.

Ok, the story begin....

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 of God, and He always guides us according to His will (refer God to Allah only, the best guidance is Quran and Sunnah).

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.. (yeah, no pain, no gain... Suffer might makes you become better person..)

Third quality: the pencil always allow us to use an eraser to rub out 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. (using pen cannot be erased except using liquidpaper, and it's messy..so, pencil is better... hehe)

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.. (it's so true, because, nowadays, we prefer to use mechanical pencil..but the graphite used is still the same.. still can be erased.. still in black colour.. be attentive in your inside rather than outside~!!!)

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.. (absolutely true.. the mark can be good or bad.. so, use pencil wisely to have good mark as to act correctly as taught by Quran and Sunnah in our life...)

 So, that's it... I bold the important points, and put some of my comments there.. The quality of pencil not only seen in our eyes, think with your mind, and feel with your heart...

Thanks to Paulo Coelho for the simple but nice story..
Thanks also to all my pencils which have the right to be appreciated.. All of you means a lot...
Thanks for the blessing day today..
and the most important Thanks is...
Thank You Allah!

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