This article by V.G Malviya was also published in the leading Indian English newspaper magazine “The Hitavada” on 5th February 2015 in the middle space.
Life is very unstable. Anything can happen at any moment. Don’t get too comfortable. Always be ready for a change. We need to be strong and the potential to face up any situation. We, have to forget about the past, stop worrying about the future and to stop being stressed on silly things, if we want to live present with no regrets. There’s a short story between a Pencil Maker and a pencil. I’ve compared our life with the moral of the following story.
Once, a Pencil Maker made a pencil, before putting him in the box, the Pencil Maker took the pencil aside and said, “There are five things you need to know if you want to become the best pencil you can be.” Enumerating them the Pencil Maker said, “One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you let yourself held in someone’s hand. Two: From time to time you will experience painful sharpening, but you’ll have to endure it if you want to become a better pencil. Three: Any mistakes you make can always be corrected. Four: The most important part of you is inside you. And Five: You must leave your mark on every surface you are used on. 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. Now if I replace the pencil with you, remember these five things and you’ll become a better person you can be. One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God’s hand. Don’t be selfish. Allow other human beings to have access to the many gifts you possess. Two: Every now and then, you will experience painful situations. Bye going through the problems in your life, you will become a stronger person. Three: You will be given the opportunity to correct any mistakes that you make during your lifetime. Four: The most important part of you will always be what’s inside you, your character, your attitudes, your views about life, the material that formulates your thinking. Five: You must leave your mark where you go. Whatever the situation is, continue to perform your duties. Hence, if these five things are imbibed in you then you’ll be the strongest person on this globe. Absorb these things in yourself and see how much progress you’ll make in future. The parable of pencil conveys to us the message that each of us is a special person, but only we, ourselves, can fulfill the purpose that we were born to accomplish. Never let yourself be discouraged and never think that you’re insignificant or that you cannot make a change. If you want to make a change, first you have to be change. Never let yourself feel alone. If you’re right then, the whole world is there to support you.