“There are five things you need to know,” he said to his pencil, “before I send you out into the world. Always remember these five things—never forget them—and you will become the best pencil you can be!
“The first thing is to remember that you will be able to do many great things, but only if you put yourself in someone else’s hands.
“From time to time you will experience a painful sharpening, but remember that this will make you a better pencil.
“Also, keep in mind that you will be able to correct any mistakes you might make along the way.
“And the most important part of you is what’s on the inside.
“And remember this, as well, upon every surface that you are used, you must leave your mark. No matter what else happens, you must continue to write.”
The pencil listened carefully and promised he would remember these five things so that he could live his life with heart and purpose.
Reprinted from Grace Drops, Volume 5 (2007).