Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Be like a pencil!



1. Like a pencil, you can correct your mistakes. You can't change the past, but you can rectify it. And though you can't erase history, you can erase guilt and anger with forgiveness.


2. Like a pencil, painful sharpening can serve to make you better. Your difficult times can actually sharpen your skills or shape you into the person you were meant to be.

3. Like a pencil, you can leave your mark whenever possible. That is what you're here for -- to leave your mark. It may be in small ways, it may be in the lives of people you have touched or nurtured, but you must leave something good behind whenever you can.

4. Like a pencil, it is what is on the inside that matters. Whether it is understanding or intolerance, love or bitterness, peace or unrest, kindness or self-centeredness, hope or despair, courage or fear, what is on the inside matters most.


Next time you use a pencil, pause and think about that little writing tool and the things you can achieve with it.

46 comments:

Szarek(Will) said...

WOW...this is my first visit and I must say I like it already...

Great Post..it is so true...My problem is that Im propably a pen

Casdok said...

Thank you!
Pens are welcome here too!!

Wayne said...

Very good. I like it.

Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!! said...

but the buggers keep breaking and you have to keep fixing it! (Gee I guess my ex was a pencil)

Elissa - Managing Autism said...

Wow, I can't believe that's made out of pencils - keep having to take another look just to check!

And may we all be more like pencils!

xx

UN PEU LOUFOQUE said...

Yes,a very clever and interesting analogy.but,Following that thought thru, If you treat a pencil too roughly although it may seem and look Ok on the outside the lead inside breaks into small pieces and it is useless and can never be mended.

Do you think people ever get to that stage that they are so damaged by what happens to them and the rough treatment they receive that they can never be mended?

I would like to think that that is not the case for we all need hope and the faintest promsie that life will not wear us away to a mere stub of our former selves.

Nosjunkie said...

nice post hunny!
love the blog and you should go see O-dat from my blog both of you are real crusaders for peace and tolerance and love

Helen said...

Oh, I loved that one very much! Especially since I corrected print matters yesterday and the picture of erasing is still very lively in my head :-)

Thanks for sharing!

BenefitScroungingScum said...

That's great!

BBC said...

I have a fairly big piece of art on my wall that a lady did for me in charcoals. I think they are a sort of pencil.

Women keep breaking my pencil. Sigh.

Coffee Messiah said...

A nice analogy!

Thanks too for coming by my part of the World.

Cheers to you and your son! ; )

4 H said...

I'm really really hard.... :O)

Wooly Works said...

Excellent. It's the everyday, ordinary things that really change the world.

Christy said...

When my Mom was in school the nuns cut the erasers off of all her pencils. She was mortified. To this day she hesitates to use erasers. I think this may have been the root of many of her insecurities.

Marla Fauchier Baltes said...

Very good post. Made me feel good on a day when I need a boost.

Odat said...

Look to the pencil!!!
(or the permanent marker..lol)
Peace

Zoƫ said...

always thought provoking, always bang on the money.

Its the old thing, people are scared of things that are different, I think most prejudice is based on fear of the unknown. It's almost tribal.

The video was fabulous, thanks for sharing it, what a shame people don't react this way all the time.

Eileen said...

No wonder I love pencils so much!! As always, your blog sends my mind into the most wonderful places. Thank you for that, and for you.
XOXO

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Hear, hear!

Top cat said...

Wonderful thoughts to remind us every day!
tc

Tom Foolery (TF) said...

We must teach others to sharpen their pencils. Good post TFX

The Muse said...

This is an awesome blog! (Great post too). I thought I'd be like a pencil and leave my mark.

Rimshot said...

Hmmm, I suppose I'd be a crayon that's been broken and the paper peeled away and all that's left is a nub that's too small to hold properly (get out of the gutter).

Either that or charcoal dust on a fingertip, yeah, that's what I want to be.

Phil Plasma said...

Nice post. I will be a figurative pencil on days of the month that begin with the number 2. On the other days I will be somewhen else.

Suzanne said...

:) As an artist, I'm a long time pencil lover. But half the people in my family prefer the mechanical ones. No sharpening needed ... just click and release a new length of graphite. They just don't give me the varied line quality I'm after.
Thanks for giving us things to think about.

Hammer said...

Of course I don't shrink everytime I'm sharpened ;)

Otherwise this post is spot on.

david mcmahon said...

Be like a pencil. Look sharp.

Always such a pleasure to visit here ....

mommy~dearest said...

I like that, but I'm more of a marker. I can correct my mistakes (by scribbling them out), but usually seem to make more of a mess. :)

Get Off My Lawn! said...

Like most analogies, there is always a place where the comparison becomes a contrast. A pencil is just a tool and is only as good as the hand that wields it. If I am a pencil, whose hand is guiding me? What pencil gets to make its own mark and not the mark of its master? I want to be making my own marks, I don't like the idea that I am determined and guided from above or from beyond. But... that's just a thought.

Akelamalu said...

Thanks for dropping by my place and taking the time to comment. I really like this post - it made me think. :)

Ian Lidster said...

Nice metaphor, lovely and wise friend.

Lane said...

Those sculptures are amazing! Like sea creatures. And lovely words too:-)

Suzy said...

Your posts are just fantastic!

Love to you and C.
Suzy

Jocelyn said...

I actually have a tense relationship with pencils (long story...worth a post one day), so reading this was helpful to me. I will be kinder to pencils from now on.

This, I vow.

Kahless said...

A Beautiful post!
Thank-you.

My Reflecting Pool said...

I've learned that the erasable pen, not as versatile as the pencil, also erases errors.

Don Mills Diva said...

What a cute post - thanks for sharing!

Cowgirl said...

Great thoughts in there Casdok! Trouble is my darn pencils seem to be full of shattered lead! I sharpen away just to have another bit drop off....

JLee said...

I love pencils. They can be sharp or soft. Great post...

mushroommeadows said...

It's the little things in life that sometimes make the greatest changes.

kimber the wolfgrrrl said...

Lovely metaphor!

San said...

Hey there--

I've seen you around various blogs and decided to check yours out and "leave my mark" here.

I enjoyed your "penciled" thoughts, and that pencil assemblage looks like some kind of creature whose destiny is to leave many, many marks. Must be a blogger. : )

Baba Doodlius said...

Like a pencil, I can be broken without much effort.

But Why? said...

Ace post, but I can't help wondering what go on in people's heads that make them go "I know what I'll do today, I'll buy thousands of pencils and see whether I can assemble them in a form which resembles a sea urchin." Sigh. I guess this is why I'll never be an artist...

Patti said...

I enjoyed this post, Casdok.
I don't use pencils any more, just ballpoint pens and markers.

Maybe I should experience using one again..

Thank you for a thought-provoking post.

Anonymous said...

whoa i got attracted to this site on google images and im impressed wow i neva thought any1 could compare me to a pencil but u just have XD WELL DONE