Think about it, really think!
The pen is mightier than the sword.
What the heck does that mean?
The use comes from a higher level than the use of the sword.
Using the pen one usually taps into the reasoning mind, whereas use of the sword taps into the emotional mind.
With the reasoning mind we are able to think not just of our experience in the moment, but of the experience we want ahead.
With a pen we can quite literally divine our future.
Bob Proctor used to echo his mentor Earl Nightingale’s saying:
If you can tell me what you want, I can tell you how to get it.
Well, the way that you identify what it is that you want is by writing down some ideas.
What are the things that you want to do, be, have in your life? Write them down.
Then, pick one, only one, and concentrate on that.
Write that one idea down on a goal card and hold it loose in your pocket.
Every time you look at it, or even touch it, you will think about your goal.
And it is thinking which causes feelings, which in turn causes actions, from which flows results.
It’s that simple.
Now, think about the sword.
What is the sword good for?
The sword is used at best for a projection of power to maintain current order.
But, the real purpose of the sword is to cut down one’s enemies.
And yet to the extent that you cut down anyone else, you cut down yourself.
True, you may not end a swordfight having been cut down yourself, but through the act of cutting down another, you diminish yourself.
Ever notice how people that fight are not really that creative?
It’s because they have locked themselves into fear and destruction.
The world is divided into two courses of action: Create or Disintegrate.
Using a pen to create is a much more powerful act than using a sword to destroy.
The paradox is that it takes a lot of time to create anything of lasting value, and it can take almost no time at all to destroy.
So, shouldn’t it be that the sword is the stronger of the two instruments? No.
Creation is a mighty act that takes much more focused energy.
By focusing the flow of a pen to form words which express to ourselves and others, we are engaging in the most difficult activity there is concentrated thought.
And with our concentrated though we have been able to design ships that cover land and ski.
Books which can transport us to different places, times, feelings, and understandings.
Mathematical computations which help us to better understand the world in which we live.
The pen is the instrument which opens all of this up to us.
The sword? It’s just an instrument of brute force.
Yes, it’s not always easy or fun to write, but if you were given the choice of only one of the two objects, which would you choose.
With the pen you can create anything, with the sword about the only thing you can create is chaos.
If you are a fearful person, the likelihood that you would pick the sword is much higher.
But if you realize that life is not worth living without access to knowledge, order, and creativity, then the pick should be simple.
Choose to pick up the pen. And write something with it.
We live in a part of the world where we have agreed that our right to express our ideas is to never be taken from us.
Yet the old adage is true: “Use it or lose it!”
Exercise your right to write! You will open up to yourself a powerful world of possibilities.
That’s the power of the pen.