The Pencil’s Tale: A Short Story on Life That Everyone Should Hear

In this 2 minute video, learn about what makes life meaningful – through the eyes of a pencil.

Watch it Here:

Then, keep reading for a fun recap of lessons learned.

Put yourself in someone else’s hands

Life isn’t meant to be lived alone. True happiness and success can only be achieved with others. This is why maintaining relationships with friends and family is so critical.


Embrace challenges for growth

Sometimes “sharpening” stings. Strong adversity and growth is often not fun in the moment.

But short term discomfort leads to long-term growth. In order to learn new skills, build deeper relationships, or do anything worthwhile in life, it requires reshaping your life.

Learn from mistakes

There are no faultless humans. When you make a mistake, slow down enough to try to learn from them. You may not always be able to “erase” them, but you can definitely write more to the story.

Everybody makes mistakes, that’s why they put erasers on pencils.

Tommy Lasorda

Value inner qualities

Our society values success and money over everything else. But this a hugely lacking approach to the human experience.

Instead, value the things that make you feel alive – like love, community, spirituality, family, health, and self-improvement.

Leave a positive mark on the world

In the video, he says to “continue to write.” Even through times of hardship, keep going. Leaving your mark isn’t always going to be easy. But it will always be worth it.

Quick Journal Prompt

Of the 5 ideas above, which one do you need to take to heart today?

What’s one thing you can do that helps you embrace it?

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