Friday, July 15, 2011

The Parable of the Pencil

Every once in awhile something unique happens by and catches my attention which causes me to slow down for a moment and take notice of it. The following artistry is just such a thing. An old navy buddy of mine sent me an email the other day that contained some pictures of the remarkable work done by this particular artist named Dalton Ghetti. His patience and steady hands must truly be remarkable.

Further, using Mr. Ghetti’s beautiful work as inspiration, there is indeed a parable here from which we can all learn.

A wise pencil maker told a brand new shiny pencil before he placed it in the box alongside other shiny new pencils that there were five very important lessons that it should consider and follow in order to have a fulfilling life.

The first lesson was that everything you do in life will always leave a mark.

The second lesson was that you can go back and correct the mistakes you make.

The next lesson was that what is truly important is what is inside of you.

Continuing on, the fourth lesson was that in life you will undergo many painful sharpenings, which will only serve to make you better.

The final and perhaps the most important lesson was this: To be the best pencil, you must allow yourself to be held and guided by the hand that holds you.

May the sharpenings in your life only make you better for having endured them. May you be aware and grateful of the wonderful innate things that make you special, and may you be open to always being guided by the hand of God as He uses you in your life to create a masterpiece.

H/T: Rex


John Myste said...

False advertising! I did all five of your recommendations and I am still not a pencil. I did become more liberal, though, so I did improve.

T. Paine said...

You may not be a pencil, John, but you are a sharp wit that definitely leaves his mark! ;)

Annie said...

What an artist!

But, one does wonder if he has too much TIME on his hands.

Perhaps he is unemployed due to the fancy foot work of our great leader?

John Myste said...

Annie, I don't think he has too much time on his hands. Art is as worth while as any other pastime,and I think less offensive than blogging, for example; and less useless, than philosophizing, for example; and less pointless than praying, for example.

T. Paine said...

Annie, you are probably right on all accounts.

John, praying is only useless if you do not have faith to begin with, my friend. Other times, it can indeed work miracles.

John Myste said...

Can you whip me up a miracle in the form of dry-roasted cashews? Please have them dropped from the sky soon, as I am really craving them.

Thanks for the prayer in advance.

Oso said...

John, being in a time zone (and political place) to the left of T.Paine,I will put it to the Virgin Mary but don't be surprised if she sends pinto beans instead.

Nice parable,T.

Dave Dubya said...

First, I have no political point to draw into this subject. (I suppose some humbug would say that statement is political.)

I will say I am very impressed by this person's "carbon footprint".

T. Paine said...

Dubya, I have to admit that I laughed out loud at your comment there, buddy! Thanks for stopping by, sir.