I recently heard an inspired talk by Robin Mednick, the woman who started Pencils for Kids www.pencilsforkids.com Pencils For Kids is a not for profit organization dedicated to “Making a difference in the world by providing every child the opportunity for an education.” Her inspiration came when she heard about a school in Niger where 30 kids shared one pencil.
She related a metaphor of the pencil. The message can help all of us can remember what it is to be human, how to be a leader, and that our presence in the world makes a difference.
The pencil maker took the pencil aside, just before putting it into the box.
"There are five things you need to know before I send you out into the world," he said. "Always remember these five things, and you'll be a great pencil.
ONE: You are capable of many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone's hand.
TWO: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you'll need it to become a better pencil.
THREE: You have the ability to correct the mistakes you make.
FOUR: The most important part of you will always be what's inside.
FIVE: On every surface where you are used, regardless of its condition, you must leave your mark.