We Are Like Pencils
Some time ago, I was tidying up the files on my father’s old hard drive. When I saw the files in it, I immediately remembered memories of the year 2008. At that time I was still in elementary education in a small town in Papua, Merauke.
I found a folder containing many presentation slides about life reflections, and I remember very well there was one presentation slide that my father once showed me when I was 9 or 10 (although I certainly don’t remember what it meant at the time, I just remembered it because the presentation had songs and lots of interesting illustrations). After 12 years have passed, when I read it again, I seem to find the beautiful meaning of the lesson in this presentation entitled “We Are Like Pencils”.
So, here are the lessons…
- We can do great things, as long as we allow ourselves to be in someone’s hands
- We will experience sharpening from time to time, but this is needed so that we can become better pencils
- We have the ability to correct any mistakes we might make
- The most important part of us is what is inside us
- No matter what the condition, we have to continue writing — we should always write something clear to read, no matter how difficult the situation
Remember those points? Now replace the pencil with each of us; always remember the rules.
We will be able to do many great things if we allow our lives to be in God’s hands, and allow others to help us develop our potential.
We will experience a painful sharpening from time to time. But that’s all we need to make ourselves a stronger person.
We will be able to make corrections for the mistakes we make and even grow through them.
The most important part of us is what is the ink or content of our lives, what is the purpose and meaning of our work.
Each person is like a pencil, made by His creator with a special and unique purpose. But always remember that whatever the goal, we will never be separated from the process, so have a strong vision and know yourself to be able to continue to grow.
For those of us who are still in the process and struggling, I hope this lesson can be an encouragement to get back on track.
Until then, take care of yourself, stay safe! And never stop learning! — Giodio Mitaart