Move the “S” at the beginning of SWORD to the end and you have WORDS. Completely different in their meanings, but surprisingly similar in how they are used. Words can be easily wielded as a weapon. Swords and words are both capable of cutting deeply or wounding severely, especially when misused. They are powerful and can defend or damage, strengthen or strike, honor or harm.
Think of the art of fencing. The participants are intentional in their moves. By challenging one another the opponents do not intend on injuring one another. They are jousting back and forth, much like a conversation. Improvement comes with practice. The combination of advances, lunges, and dodges becomes a dance, much like words on a page. Drawing blood is not the goal of fencing, nor should insult be the point of communication.
The weight of words can be likened to the heaviness of a sword in hand. Improper handling of either and we can injure not only others but ourselves. On the contrary, intentionally choosing words can unchain a soul, free a spirit, or elevate one to a knight’s status. What we say and how we say it should be handled as carefully as a sword. Acting or speaking in anger is never wise. Rewards come from remaining respectful. Be impeccable with your words.
A well-made sword is a thing of beauty, so is a well-crafted sentence.
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