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

Develop 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 situation.—Brian Tracy