The pen is mightier than the sword

Ordinarily I am not a fan of advertisements however they are useful in introducing you to new products and services that you may not otherwise be exposed to. But occasionally there are advertisements with messages, or that stop and make you think or even smile. And whilst this may be an advertisement for online content services the message used in it’s delivery made me smile.

There is an old saying being “The pen is mightier than the sword”, however in my opinion this is slightly inaccurate. Whilst skill certainly does play a part in swordplay anybody can pick up a sharp instrument and use it to cause harm to another, whereas with the pen the power does not lie in the instrument itself but they who weild it. Words hold power, but unlike the sword which is used to protect or injure the words can bring joy, sorrow, harm or healing and in the hands of a master wordsmith they are truly a powerful weapon.

Whilst I may not be a master wordsmith, and more often tend to be needlessly verbose I am happy to say that it is rare these days that I have an unkind word to say about anybody, it is easy to speak out in anger but to have a smile upon your face and a kind word for anybody that crosses your path that may need it and the world becomes a brighter place.

Change your words, change your state of mind and you can hope to enact change in the world around you. In the end we are all broken, slightly cracked or searching for our place and we cannot walk the path of another but we can at least make them smile, or not get in their way.

“Words have power. They work. That’s why
poetry can affect people. That’s why music and
lyrics and songs affect people…”
– Sammy Hagar

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