Parable of the Pencil

My Sunday inspirational story. I have read this several times, but still worth sharing. Author unknown.


The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box.

“There are 5 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 must 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.


My thoughts:

The PENCIL is like our lives and these lessons are actually life lessons we need to remember as we walk our own journeys, if we want to become the best person that we can be.

ONE: We will be able to do many great things, but only if we allow ourselves to be held in God’s hand. And if we allow other people to access us for the many gifts we possess.

TWO: We will have to undergo so many life’s trials, misfortunes and discouragements. But we should always remember that we need them to develop ourselves more. We learn through our mistakes, and through problems we evolve into more mature individuals.

THREE: We can correct the mistakes we made in our lives. We may never bring back time, but if we can continue moving on having the lessons learned from the mistakes.

FOUR: The most important part of who we are is not how we look and how rich we are, but what’s inside of us – our values, our beliefs, our experiences, our friendships.

AND FIVE: Whatever your work or job is, we have to make sure we do our best. We should not be discouraged of the trials that will come our way.

The pencil is a good reminder on how our lives should be. I will always bring one to remind me of these lessons.


31 Responses to “Parable of the Pencil”

    June 13, 2010 at 3:39 am

    thanks, it was a nice one……..


  2. 2 Tony
    June 13, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Thanks for sharing brother. We should always remember these.


  3. 3 digitalcatharsis
    June 18, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Hi PIRKASH and TONY! Thanks for dropping some lines!


  4. 4 p
    March 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm


    I really like the picture of the pencil with the hand. do you still have the source for it? as my company is interested in purchasing it.

    Really hope to hear from you!!!!


  5. March 16, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Hi P, I think I got it from animation.com
    Thanks for dropping by.


  6. 6 normz
    April 24, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Inspiring one..Nice!!!


  7. June 4, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    this is one of my favorate story ever reveice from my email..nice to have read it again her..
    ..anyway, I love your blog. so meaty in words..



  8. June 8, 2011 at 4:42 am

    i once read this parable in college (or was it in high school?) + i simply fell in love with it, not to mention i simply used to love writing with a pencil…very nice insights you have there…thanks for sharing 😉


  9. June 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    It is really an inspiring thought. Thanks for sharing! I actually learned a lot from this pencil post of yours 🙂


  10. June 24, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Minsan talaga ganun, we have to be sharpened PAINFULLY to be able to make us a better person. But despite the pains, God has made things to make our lives better.


  11. 14 kat
    June 27, 2011 at 8:04 am

    so true………you made me inspired more.


  12. November 23, 2011 at 2:30 am

    nice pencil tribute …


  13. November 27, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Loved this. Thanks for sharing!


  14. December 4, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Outstanding! I’ve never heard that one before. I like your translation also.


  15. December 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    #4 It’s who we are on the inside that matters . . . great post! Thanks for stopping by 🙂


  16. January 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Nice. The parable was so clear it didn’t really need any explaining. Well done.

    Feel free to visit me at Odds and End Thoughts:
    ( https://oddsandendthoughts.wordpress.com/ )

    My latest entry is “The Worst Disability”.


  17. February 7, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Reblogged this on Chris Donner, Mystery Writer and commented:
    This is a wonderful parable of the pencil. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


  18. February 15, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    very innovative parable!
    i like point one – and i appreciate the mercy of point three!
    thanks for sharing.
    and thank you for following my blog! i am stoked!


  19. 30 Nancy
    January 7, 2013 at 1:50 am

    This is one of my best parable ever, I have been keeping a copy and sharing it to my friends since I read about it in 2006.


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