Editorial: Oct. 15, 2012

Jamestown Gazette Editor Walt Pickut

Got Power?

Jamestown Gazette Editor Walt Pickut

To know if you’ve got Power, you have to know what it is. Power turns out to be something different from what most of us usually thinking of when we hear the word.

Novelist Beth Revis said, “Power isn’t control at all — power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own.”

If you want to have a really good day today, or any other day, give some power away; see what you can do to make someone happy, satisfied, even powerful enough to make it through their own day.

This week The Jamestown Gazette brings you a story…actually probably a thousand stories in one, about the power to survive and the people who give it away every day. Go see the old tree out in front of WCA Hospital and tie a pink ribbon around one of its bows. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The men (yes, men can get breast cancer too) and women who have overcome cancer, or helped someone else in their battle, have discovered a kind of power we can all learn from.

When you read this week’s front page story, in addition to the obvious story about how we are waging an ever more successful war against an ancient killer, read it for inspiration and power for the rest of your day too.

Consider the so called “Silly Season” we are in today, otherwise known as an Election Year. The lesson about Power could not be more relevant, and more revealing. Mahatma Gandhi said, “Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment.” Love is the only power that nurtures peace.

What if we, as a nation, as a people, selected another nation and waged Peace on it. What if the people we elect this year had the kind of power they needed to declare Peace on another nation or people? Gandhi had one more word to share on the topic. “The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.”

The kind of Power we can study right here, in our own community, perhaps inspired by WCA’s Pink Ribbon Tree, is power that doesn’t necessarily show up in riches or control of vast organizations or empires. That Power is seen in a smile, a kind word, a simple hand outstretched to help. One of the world’s most powerful women understood that. Margaret Thatcher, the recent Prime Minster of England, said “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”

Power to the People! Enjoy the read.

Walt Pickut
The Jamestown Gazette

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Walt Pickut
Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.