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The pen is mightier than the sword!


This is a phrase we may have heard often, but what does it mean? 

It suggests that thinking and writing have more influence on people and events, than the use of violence or force. Then there is the old 'sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me'……………Really! In the experience of the author of this post, names do hurt, they can hurt our feelings, sense of self-worth, confidence, belief in who we are and what we are capable of, and so much more.

"The tongue has no bones but is strong enough to break a heart. So be careful with your words." -Unknown

Words do have power, sometimes something we do not give enough consideration to. How we describe ourselves, how we speak to other people, how we explain things to a child, how we compliment someone on a job well done, how we criticise someone for not being who we wanted them to be. 

Words have power. They define laws, they are the tools used to create understanding between people. They are the policies and procedures we may find we follow; they are the lies or truths we see written which can influence our attitudes and behaviours. Words have power.

How mindful are we of the words we use? How we talk to others, how we talk to ourselves, how we set about planning for a change. The story we tell ourselves about what we think, fear, hope, may happen next. Words have power.

As well as destroying, words can create. Words can offer hope, ease suffering, support reconciliation, help plan. Making friends with words can help support us to achieve our goals, however, we need to recognise the words we are using, and use them in a way which supports our dreams.

Journaling is one way to make friends with words, understand better the words you use, and learn to use them in a way which is kind to you and what you hope to achieve. 

The following wee tips are for self-management. If anyone reading this has any underlying well-being issues, you need support with then do speak to your GP or other health care provider about services near you. 

The whit's happening information magazines offer some ideas of other supports. Your wellbeing does matter.

The following wee tips offer ideas on journaling and a personal promise card if you think making friend with words and journaling may support you achieve your goals and have a greater understanding of who you are. 

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power

Lao Tzu
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