Gratitude is one of the best tools to remind us
of what is really important in life and to connect us to other people through
expressing appreciation. Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness
received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Here’s an
inspiring pencil and eraser parable that could remind us to express our
gratitude to our parents while they are still around.
Pencil: I'm sorry
Eraser: For what? You didn't do anything wrong.
Pencil: I'm sorry because you
get hurt because of me. Whenever I made a mistake, you're always there to erase
it. But as you make my mistakes vanish, you lose a part of yourself. You get
smaller and smaller each time.
Eraser: That's true. But I
don't really mind. You see, I was made to do this. I was made to help you
whenever you do something wrong. Even though one day, I know I'll be gone and
you'll replace me with a new one, I'm actually happy with my job. So please,
stop worrying. I hate seeing you sad.
This conversation between the
pencil and the eraser is very inspirational. It reminds us that parents are like
the eraser whereas their children are the pencil. They're always there for their
children, cleaning up their mistakes.
Sometimes along the way, they
get hurt, and become smaller/older, and eventually pass on. Though their
children will eventually find someone new (spouse), parents are still happy with
what they do for their children, and will always hate seeing their precious ones
worrying, or sad.
Many of us have been like a
pencil. It pains us to see our parents like eraser getting smaller and smaller
each day as eventually they get older. We all know that one day, all that we are
left with would be eraser shavings and memories of what we used to have.
However, some of us do not really care, we take them for granted, keep on using
them or extracting from them whatever we could.
Parents will love their
children unconditionally throughout their lives and no matter how old they get,
we will always be that amazingly beautiful child that filled their lives with
joy. We never truly appreciate the things our parents did for us until we start
doing the same things for our children.
Let us remember our parents. Let us not forget that they are
also growing old.
By Tim Pedrosa
an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that
happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward
achieving something bigger and better than your current