The pencil maker once taught his pencils the following five lessons
1. EVERYTHING YOU DO WILL ALWAYS LEAVE A MARK
THE ONE WHO THROWS THE STONE FORGETS, THE ONE WHO IS HIT REMEMBERS FOREVER- Angolan Proverb
We all notice the marks pencils make when run across a white paper. No matter how faint they look, they serve their importance. Actions don’t, most times, go unnoticed. Every of our little deeds have their effect on ourselves or on the people around us. The best we can do is making the best possible marks that will make us be remembered after we have long varnished. Let each man live a life impacted by innovations and the desire to uplift mankind. Let each of us works towards the betterment of not only ourselves but the people around us especially those that can do nothing in return for us.
NOT ALL MEN DIE, SOMETIMES DEATH ONLY CONQUERS THE BODY AND NOT THE SOUL!
2. BUT YOU CAN ALWAYS CORRECT THE MISTAKES YOU MAKE
Mistakes do not signify the end of a quest, rather a way to channel a new beginning. Any man who has made no mistake has done nothing at all. Men make mistakes but also, mistakes make men. Our ability to make mistakes does not define us but our capability to learn and build upon these mistakes is what makes us successful people. Mistakes are made when we take the wrong course and so correcting such mistakes means we cannot follow those wrong courses again since we now know them. Learning from one’s mistakes is a key to success especially when one can be innovative from such pitfalls.
ONLY A FOOL’S SHEEP BREAKS LOSE TWICE- Ghanaian Proverb
3. WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS WHAT IS INSIDE OF YOU
The most important part of the pencil is the lead in it not the wooden covering. The beauty of a pencil does not exhibit how good it will be as again, the lead is the most important part of the pencil .Our lead is what is made from the union of our hearts and our brains. Our outward appearance counts to nothing when productivity and initiatives are required, THEREFORE, SPEND MORE TO IMPROVE YOUR INNER CAPACITY RATHER THAN YOUR OUTWARD APPEARANCE. The best innovators are not the most beautiful or handsome people but the people who had taken time out to think effectively and given more value to their inner capacity.
DO NOT TRY TO FIT IN WHEN YOU WERE MADE TO STAND OUT
4. IN LIFE YOU WILL UNDERGO THE PAINFUL SHARPENING WHICH WILL MAKE YOU A BETTER PENCIL
As the adage goes, Life is no bed of roses. Our journey to success is outlined by disappointments, downfalls or sometimes misfortune. Acceptance of failure is no mark of the successful; rather the rise from such downfall signifies what makes a successful man. The winner of a wrestling contest is not he who had thrown his opponent most but the man who finally nails his opponent down no matter how tired he might seem. All the circumstances that outlines our days are what form part of the RIGOROUS TRAINING that will make us what we want to be. So many times, we are faced with great difficulties that seems to have no solution, but our desire to fulfil our dreams must spur us to undergo such difficulties in our bid to become successful people. Complaining without diplomacy is a mark for failures not for people who believe that NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, THIS DREAM MUST COME TO FULFILLMENT. Yes, we can achieve our goals if and only if we can go through the pains. A MOTHER OVERLOOKS THE PAIN OF LABOUR TO SEE THE SMILES OF HER CHILD.
5. TO BE THE BEST PENCIL YOU CAN BE, YOU MUST ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE HELD AND GUIDED BY THAT HAND THAT HOLDS YOU- YOUR TEACHER.
Our teachers do not consist only of our tutors in the academic environment. They include our parents, our elders, our mentors and life itself. We come across so many people that are more knowledgeable than we are and thus we must be ready to learn from everybody even those younger than we are. We must me flexible to change and be ready to seek for knowledge wherever we may find. This would make our journey to success easier than we think!
KNOWLEDGE IS A GARDEN, IF IT IS NOT CULTIVATED, IT CANNOT BE HARVESTED- African Proverb
SO CAN WE LEARN FROM THE PENCILS?
Adapted from PROFESSOR X