Good morning Mr Shoeman and friends, this morning I’m going to speak to you about the history of the good old PENCIL. The Pencil was founded in … Ok wait…Whilst the history of the pencil might be an interesting topic for another day, but I believe that the pencilmaker created the pencil to be more than a piece of stationary. Please allow my indulgence as I unravel the secrets hidden in the pencil aimed at making you be the best you can be. When the pencil was made for the first time, the pencil- maker gave the pencil some pertinent and important instructions which we can apply in our own lives.
The 1st instruction to the pencil was ‘what’s truly important actually lies within u’. The pencil has 2 aspects to it. The outside which is its beautiful, colourful wooden casing and the inside which is the lead, it’s very substance, its very purpose. Similarly, in our lives we have the outside, the outside is about our personality, our looks, our presence. The inside is about being a genuine and sincere person.
The 2nd thing the pencil- maker told the pencil was that ‘unless what is within you comes out, the lead, you cannot make an impact, it is only when the lead comes out of the casing, can the pencil actually make an impact. Similarly, in our life, unless what is within us comes out, we will not be able to make an impact either on our lives or on those of others. Thus, the Latin word ‘Edu care’ from which the English word ‘education’ is derived means to bring out. To bring out the virtues, the qualities of our soul. When Thomas Edison was a little boy he came back home from school and handed a letter to his mother saying, ‘my teacher gave this letter only for you to read’ The mother opens the letter and as she read out the letter to Thomas Edison, she was crying. She said ‘Tommy your teacher has written that Thomas is such an intelligent boy, he is a genius. The school is too small for him and doesn’t have enough good teachers to train him. So, it is better that he does not come to...