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The Story of the Pencil

A boy was watching his grandmother write a letter , at one point he asked: ‘Are you writing a story about what we’ve done or 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 am using. I hope you’ll be like this pencil when you grow up’.

Intrigued, the boy looked at the pencil . It did not seem very special.

‘But its just like any other pencil that 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 GOD who 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’ll 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 for the pencil is not its wooden exterior but its graphite inside. So always pay attention to what is happening inside you.

Finally, the pencils fifth quality: It always leave a mark. In just the same way, you should know that every thing you do in life will leave a mark, so try to be conscious of that in your every action.

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19 Responses to The Story of the Pencil

  1. Jola Animashaun May 13, 2014 at 1:41 PM #

    Great inspirational story!
    Thanks FFJ team. 😉

  2. adenike November 5, 2013 at 2:28 PM #

    Sixth quality: overtime, even without an eraser applied, pencil marks do fade off. We must learn to be humble, revere God who is everlasting; while we won’t always be here.

  3. ABDUL MATIN SHEIKH April 23, 2013 at 3:04 PM #

    VERY VERY WISE AND USEFUL ADVISES. MOST IMPORTANT THAT OUR CREATOR IS THE GREATEST AND EVERYTHING IS IN THE HANDS OF OUR CREATOR AND WE MUST FOLLOW HIM ALL THE WAY.

    THANKS FOR SHARING.

    • fathima August 21, 2013 at 4:19 PM #

      well said

  4. Sonah January 17, 2013 at 12:58 PM #

    The secret of achievement, success and fulfilment can also be learnt from common things around usl; which lessons we sadly miss out in educational institutions, oftentimes.

  5. Dr Aftab Ahmed Kandhro October 7, 2012 at 3:52 PM #

    Things are same, but the way of thinking about things are different.

  6. Yunus October 6, 2012 at 2:03 AM #

    One scholar says that the value of a sack is what it contains

  7. Arwa October 5, 2012 at 1:08 AM #

    So wise, loved it,
    May Allah bless you Sara

    • Ali - Admin October 5, 2012 at 11:09 PM #

      Thanks Arwa.

  8. bashir April 18, 2010 at 1:18 PM #

    indeed,what a life guidance.

  9. Futoun April 4, 2010 at 8:25 AM #

    WOW.. so subtle and so true!!! thumbs up

  10. shareef April 3, 2010 at 1:48 PM #

    Vow……what a story………………….!!!

  11. thair April 3, 2010 at 5:06 AM #

    great wisdom.

  12. Ishrat April 2, 2010 at 5:27 PM #

    There are five guidelines to spend our life

  13. Nojoud April 2, 2010 at 1:12 PM #

    Loved it..

  14. Rasha egy April 2, 2010 at 1:11 PM #

    This is a great message

  15. Ajoke March 30, 2010 at 11:26 PM #

    This is a wonderful message. Ilove it so much

  16. Matt March 30, 2010 at 1:23 PM #

    a wonderful masterpiece.

  17. Ruffy March 24, 2010 at 12:27 PM #

    We are nothing but pencils in the hand of The Creator!