Back to School Time: The Parable of the Pencil

by Kent Hutchison

Howdy folks.  Life is short, enjoy your coffee.

Today, I want to share with you a story that’s been around a while – and there are several versions of the story online floating around, but I just rediscovered this parable in my files of “neat stuff.”

For the past month, everyone has been wrapped up in back to school mania.  All the television commercials are for back-to-school clothes and supplies.  Those of us that are parents – our household schedules have been transitioning from summer busy to back-to-school busy.

Well, the story is titled, “The parable of the pencil.” 

You see, the Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box. There are five things you need to know before I send you out into the world.  Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be.

  1. Everything you do will always leave a mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.
  2. You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.
  3. What is important is what is inside of you.
  4. In life, you will undergo multiple painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil.
  5. To be the best pencil, you must allow yourself to be held and guided by the hand that holds you.

The pencil understood and promised to remember and went into the box with purpose in its heart. We all need to be sharpened from time-to-time. Now replacing the place of the pencil with you:  Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be.

  1. On every surface, you walk through; you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to do your duties.
  2. You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.
  3. The essential part of you will always be what’s on the inside.
  4. You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems in life, but you’ll need it to become a stronger person.
  5. You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be guided by the hand that holds you. And let other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess. Value your friendships.

Allow this story on the pencil to encourage you to know that you are a special person and only you can fulfill the purpose to which you were born to accomplish.
Don’t allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot make a change; and as the pencil, always remember that the essential part of who you are, is what’s inside of you.

Well, we need to finish our coffee and get those kids to school.

I wish you the best in all your endeavors today and the future.