Posted on Mar 6, 2021 | 2 comments

So as we said on our last post, one of my ‘swords‘ is the pen…or the keyboard.

So as I pondered about that revelation and wondered what that would look like, my mother pointed out …

“Pamela….just read what you’ve already written!

I keep telling you to write a book!”

Leave it to mothers to encourage you the most.

I think, if I’m honest (and I strive to be), I already knew that one of my strongest strengths lies in the pen … I just didn’t connect it to a sword, as my friend Nitza had pointed out. That actually takes on new meaning…why do I say that? Well, holding a sword rather than a pen projects (in my mind) a weightier meaning – wouldn’t you agree? Viewing that PEN as a SWORD….and the SWORD as a PEN leads one to weigh their words much more carefully. One never knows who will read those words, nor who will be pierced by their meaning.

Surely you have heard the old saying, “The pen is mightier than the sword”. Those words were first written by novelist and playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839, in his historical play Cardinal Richelieu. Richelieu was chief minister to King Louis XIII, and discovered a plot to kill him. However Richelieu was in the service not only of the King, but of  the church, and was forbidden to take up arms. In that play Cardinal Richelieu’s Page, Francois, reminded him that “But now, at your command are other weapons, my good Lord.” Richelieu agreed and the famous words that went ‘viral’ were “The pen is mightier than the sword…take away the sword; States can be saved without it!”

Those words are now commonplace and are known in almost every language.

However, if you seriously think about it, the pen and the sword can truly be one and the same. It is all in how you wield each and what the desired purpose (target) is meant to be. Just think about it, my friend. It is imperative that we use these tools with extreme care and caution…no matter which you pick up.

Just a bit more for all of us to ponder upon ……..

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  1. 3-13-2021

    I love your descriptions. So good!!

    • 3-18-2021

      Thank you Bonnie – that means a lot to me 🙂 … ~ Pam

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