20 SEC READ: The pencil ( ENG, PORT, ESP)

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 sharpner. That makes the pencil suffer a little, but afterwards, 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’

source: “Like the Flowing River“ by Paulo Coelho


A história do lápis

O menino olhava a avó escrevendo uma carta. A certa altura, perguntou:
– Vocíª está escrevendo uma história que aconteceu conosco? E por acaso, é uma história sobre mim?

A avó parou a carta, sorriu, e comentou com o neto:
– Estou escrevendo sobre vocíª, é verdade.Entretanto, mais importante do que as palavras, é o lápis que estou usando. Gostaria que vocíª fosse como ele, quando crescesse.

O menino olhou para o lápis, intrigado, e ní£o viu nada de especial.

– Mas ele é igual a todos os lápis que vi em minha vida!
-Tudo depende do modo como vocíª olha as coisas. Há cinco qualidades nele que, se vocíª conseguir mantíª-las, será sempre uma pessoa em paz com o mundo:

“Primeira qualidade: vocíª pode fazer grandes coisas, mas ní£o deve esquecer nunca que existe uma Mí£o que guia seus passos. Esta mí£o nós chamamos de Deus, e Ele deve sempre conduzi-lo em direí§í£o í  Sua vontade.
“Segunda qualidade: de vez em quando eu preciso parar o que estou escrevendo, e usar o apontador. Isso faz com que o lápis sofra um pouco, mas no final, ele está mais afiado. Portanto, saiba suportar algumas dores, porque elas o farí£o ser uma pessoa melhor.
“Terceira qualidade: o lápis sempre permite que usemos uma borracha para apagar aquilo que estava errado. Entenda que corrigir uma coisa que fizemos ní£o é, necessariamente algo mau, mas algo importante para nos manter no caminho da justií§a.
“Quarta qualidade: o que realmente importa no lápis ní£o é a madeira ou sua forma exterior, mas o grafite que está dentro. Portanto, sempre cuide daquilo que acontece dentro de vocíª.
“Finalmente, a quinta qualidade do lápis: ele sempre deixa uma marca. Da mesma maneira, saiba que tudo que vocíª fizer na vida, irá deixar traí§os, e procure ser consciente de cada aí§í£o”.

fonte: Ser como um rio que flui, Paulo Coelho


La historia del lapiz

(gracias a la persona que hizo este clip)

trecho del libro “Ser como un rio que fluye”


  1. Annie says:

    Any pencil ,if you take it andthrow it on a river it would sink… however, few, very few actually, few pencils can float and travel along with the river.. so they flow, and are part of the river … even fewer when you throw them in the river, they are able not only to flow but to transform the river.. they are the essence of the river flowing, the river in the river..
    these are the best ones..

    You are one of a kind pencil, of these rare pencils..!

    Love and Gratitude

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  3. Shally says:

    I did not think apart from me, any one would look at “pencil ” thus…..Check the link to my post on pencil sharpenings


    Thank u so much, Paulo , for writing from your heart ! Your words continue to be of great inspiration always..

  4. Jayeeta says:

    5 sec reading:
    Once an old man said,pencil should always be used alone either for writing or drawing;erasers r for those who commits mistakes.
    an young person replied,erasers r for those who desires to correct own mistakes.

  5. Dilnessa,Solomon says:

    Dear sir, you are my hero. your messages are really inspiring. May God give you more wisdom as you inspire millions like me.

  6. soya says:

    nice story sir, i read ur books,alchemist and zahir,really wonderful…

  7. thea anne castro says:

    very inspiring sir paulo…thank you..Godbless you always..

  8. Abdul Wahid Al Bastaki says:

    This is great a story! real meaning behind the words, and a wisdom that holds great positive consequences, Thank you for this guidance in life.

  9. jose queimado says:

    faz lembrar a minha infancia que foi um pouco dificil em portugal ainda ní£o havia democracia obrigado paulo voc~e um dos maiores escritores deste seculo

  10. sheng says:

    I have shared this on my blog with your link on it. This has got to be read by many. Thanks so much.

  11. keerthi says:

    little things makes huge amount of sense….still left unnoticed…

  12. Dez says:

    Adult should read too.

  13. tina altoveros says:

    God Bless!!!
    Thank you for the story Sir Paulo…
    You are leaving a beautiful mark in everyone who reads your stories…
    I am a mother of two young boys, I will read to them your stories as well.

  14. Anbusivam says:

    Truly inspiring…..analogy of Pencil…!!!

  15. J.P.Maithani says:

    Dear Sir,
    I like this story.

    I recently buy your book – ZAHIR published by Wisdom tree .com India.

    Great and thank you for this story.

  16. rishi says:

    ever you notice another quality of a pencil , the close association of inside to outside.