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The Pencil

source : “Like the flowing river” by Paulo Coelho, @ http://paulocoelhoblog.com

A boy was watching his grandmother write a letter. At one point he asked:
‘Are you writing a story about what we’ve done? Is it a story about me?’

His grandmother stopped writing her letter and said to her grandson:
I am writing about you, actually, but more important than the words is the pencil I’m using. I hope you will be like this pencil when you grow up.’

Intrigued, the boy looked at the pencil. It didn’t seem very special.
‘But it’s just like any other pencil I’ve ever seen!’

‘That depends on how you look at things. It has five qualities which, if you manage to hang on them, will make you a person who is always at peace with the world.’

‘First quality: you are capable of great things, but you must never forget that there is a hand guiding your steps. We call that hand God, and He always guides us according to His will.’

‘Second quality: now and then, I have to stop writing and use a sharpener. That makes the pencil suffer a little, but afterward, he’s much sharper. So you, too, must learn to bear certain pains and sorrows, because they will make you a better person.

‘Third quality: the pencil always allows us to use an eraser to rub out any mistakes. This means that correcting something we did is not necessarily a bad thing; it helps to keep us on the road to justice.’

‘Fourth quality: what really matters in a pencil is not its wooden exterior, but the graphite inside. So always pay attention to what is happening inside you.’

‘Finally, the pencil’s fifth quality: it always leaves a mark. in just the same way, you should know that everything you do in life will leave a mark, so try to be conscious of that in your every action’.


‘Cerita’ ini saya baca entah kapan, dan sejak itu pula lah paradigma saya terhadap sebuah pensil berubah, hingga detik ini. Betapa benda sekecil itu memiliki ‘kualitas’ tinggi untuk dipelajari maknanya. Betapa terkadang keberadaan sebuah pensil -yang tidak bernyawa- lebih jelas fungsi dan kegunaannya. Betapa saya ingin menjadi sebuah ‘pensil’ seperti itu.

Yang memiliki kesadaran penuh bahwa selalu ada Beliau Yang Maha Menggerakkan, yang akan menahan saya saat hampir terjatuh, mendorong saya untuk tetap melanjutkan, atau menuntun saya ke arah pintu kebaikan.

Yang mengikhlaskan diri saat harus ‘menderita’, karena tanpanya dia akan tumpul dan tidak diperlukan lagi keberadaannya.

Yang dengan segala kerendahan hati mengakui kesalahan, dan menerima segala kritik-nasehat-petunjuk untuk melanjutkan perjalanan hidup dengan lebih baik.

Yang membuat dirinya cemerlang dari dalam, bukan karena topeng yang dipakainya, atau pakaian indah yang dikenakannya, atau apapun yang membungkus dirinya.

Yang selalu bersikap, berperilaku dan berpikir baik.


Semoga renungan pensil ini bermanfaat ya 🙂

0 Comments

  1. Irranida Hussi

    Amazed. Wow, so deep.

    Thank you for sharing.

    🙂

    Orin : My pleasure mba 😉

    Reply
  2. yustha tt

    uuuuu…ternyata di sini aku menemukan makna sebuah pensil…
    sungguh dalam…
    dan aku jadi teringat pensilku…. 🙁

    Orin : Duh…yg lg berduka kehilangan pensil hihihi…
    tetap semangat ya mba 😉

    Reply
  3. ameliatanti

    Wah, pikiran kita kok sejalan yaaa

    Reply

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