A pencil maker took a pencil aside, just before putting
it into a box. "There are five lessons you need to
know before I send you out into the world," he told
the pencil, "Always remember them 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 will need it to become a better pencil."
"Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you
"Four: The most important part of you will always be
what is 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 promised to remember the five things and was
placed in the box.
Now, replace the pencil with yourself. Apply the fi ve
lessons to yourself and you will become the best person you
One: You will be able to do many great things but only
if you allow yourself to be held in God's hand. And allow
other human beings to access you for the many gifts you
Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time
to time, by going through various problems in life, but you
will need these to become a stronger person.
Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might
Four: The most important part of you will always be what
is on the inside.
And Five: On every surface you walk through, you must
leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must
continue to do your duties.
As an OUM tutor, your knowledge, expertise and
experience are the gifts you possess. By imparting them
to your learners, you can help them to grow and achieve
their potential too. You might face various obstacles and
challenges in carrying out your duties and responsibilities
but in overcoming them, you will end up becoming an even
better tutor. Whatever mistakes you make will be part of
your learning process, since one learns from cradle to grave.
In correcting your mistakes, you will develop strength of
character and skills. No matter what happens, you must
continue to do your duties and to do them to the best of your
ability. This is your way of leaving your mark on society, by
educating its members.
Adapted from: http://www.indianchild.com/parable_of_the_pencil.htm