Saturday, 5 June 2010

Rebirth by Sharpening

Of all the little chores related to one's desk life, I find sharpening the most satisfying. For example, sorting one's notes is tedious; unpinning old reminders from one's notice board is loathsome (don't ask why - I prefer to pin new reminders on top of old - but what a relief when I finally manage to reorganize the whole thing); cleaning one's laptop tiresome; sorting the paperclips from the rubber bands boring - not to mention rearranging the contents' of the shelves or (even worse but life changing) clearing up one's files be they in the hard disk or in physical form.

But sharpening pencils! Simple and satisfying. A bland, tired lead is transformed into a shining pinnacle of hope. By means of a circular movement performed within a cylinder equipped with sharp blades the pencil's life is renewed. As it inevitably moves to its annihilation the pencil retains its faculties intact. And it continues life as a stub, neglected perhaps but still there claiming its share of immortality.


  1. Lovely post! I like the photos. A treat to read. :)

  2. Thank you, ladies. Off to sharpen some more pencils! ;)

  3. Yep, I know what you mean. 'nuff said.