There are inspirational stories I stumble upon that make me say, “I wish I had written that.” This is one of those stories. The author is unknown, but, no doubt, she was a wise woman.

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

One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone’s hand.

Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil.

Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.

Four: The most important part of you will always be what’s inside.

And, five: On every surface you are used on, you will leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.’

“The pencil understood and promised to remember and went into the box with purpose in its heart.”

I think we sometimes forget our purpose. We stumble through the day, doing what has to be done without thought to what needs to be done. Henry Kissinger is credited with saying “the urgent takes all the time from the important.” We need to get back to the important. Like a pencil, we leave our mark on each life we touch.


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