Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Why I use a pencil ...

Earlier in my life, I was encouraged to read biographies of different statesmen, writer's and composers like Winston Churchill, Earnest Hemingway and Ludwig Von Beethoven.  Glad I did.

All three kept various forms of journals and notebooks.  Hemingway often noted his preference for using a pencil instead of a pen for note taking and for writing  first drafts of stories.

I've used and collected pens of various sorts for years.  My crown jewel is a beautiful blue Mount Blanc ball point.  I usually carry a Pentel F-701 ballpoint with me everyday and everywhere I go.

Perhaps it's because of my age, or because of my appreciation for the people I have read about over the years, that I use a pencil for my daily entries into my Bullet Journal, devotional journal, and for most note taking.  I find a good pencil (Blackwing 602 Firm) a pleasure to hold and to write with.  To me, they are worth the money. 

My wife doesn't mind me spending money on good pencils. It keeps me from spending money on a new sports car!!!

The brand or cost of the pencil you choose to use each day is up to you ... but here is the main reason I use a pencil: writing with a pencil helps me to think.

Consider the one thing you must do with a pencil . . . You must pause to sharpen it.  And in those moments, I find that I can spend a brief period of time contemplating what I have written, or about what I want to right next. 

Are my Blackwings as convenient to carry as a good mechanical pencil is?  Probably not for most people.  But I find that writing with a good pencil benefits me.  Perhaps it could benefit you.

Yep, to quote singer/guitarist Joe Walsh, "I'm an analog man in a digital world."

Works for me!

God's grace, and a good pencil, still amazes me . . . ><>