Monday, April 27, 2009

When action speaks louder than word.

It is by acts and not by ideas that people live. — Anatole France

As usual, my Sunday was spent watching a movie marathon. I put on a DVD disc which contain about 8 movies in it, and I just allowed it to run its natural course and not skip. Its a variety of films - comedy, drama, action, and an animated picture!

Who would have thought that it would take a children's animated movie to remind me that actions speak louder than words? Have you seen WALL-E? Yes, that old Pixar movie?

It's a love story that begins and ends with two words, "WALL-E" and "Eva", yet it speaks volumes. It left me speechless and made me realize that saying just a few words is not such a bad thing. In a world that is driven by too few actions and way too many words, WALL-E reminds me that it does not matter what you say but rather what you do that counts - whether it be saving the planet or winning over someone’s heart.

Have you ever really thought about the phrase – Actions speak louder than words? We know that words represent the verbal expression of thoughts and emotions. Yes, they can stimulate a person's imagination, and paint a mental image of the exact message the we hope to convey. But words are just words. Even if they express intent, only action can determine the outcome of any thought or idea.

Actions speak louder than words, because taking action can lead to the fulfillment of our objective. They solidify our commitment of following through with what was said.

This is not to say however that words do not carry weight. They can give direction, create perception, inspire, and motivate. But words cannot throw a ball, take out the garbage, feed the needy, or give a kiss. They are incapable of mowing the lawn, repairing a roof, digging a flower bed, or anything other than expressing the intent to take action. Words may be filled with promises, but they are empty of substance unless we act on it.

Words can also be misinterpreted or misunderstood, while actions seldom are. Words can make promises and create hope, but only action can fulfill those promises or make hope a reality.

And even when language differences may not always allow us to understand the words spoken by others, yet in many cases, certain actions are universal. We do not need to speak or understand a foreign language to acknowledge a smile or a handshake, but through the action, the message is conveyed.

Like Wall-E, lets act more and talk less.


Sid Brechin said...

I not too long ago got the same message from Batman Begins. In the movie the line is used. "It is not who we are inside but our actions that define us".

I try to live in such a way that no one has to guess who or what I am.

Angie said...

I haven't seen the movie Wall-E yet. I'll have to check it out.


Oh I loved Wall E, so innocent and full of well intentioned meaning. On the flu thing, its a completely new strain, wouldn't be surprised if it was engineered in a lab somewhere.
How is it effecting your country?

dr ravindra said...

I am not much of a movie buff but I certainly subscribe of actions speak louder than words, as it's one of my favorite quotes!!

Thought processes ie words form the basis for the actions that arise from within or without!!

Love and sex in any country needs no language, as its universal and needs only action!!

Jokes aside, what you have said, is very much practical and well defined!!

Odette said...

you will always be my darknight!
thanks for being such...

Odette said...

thanks for passing through and leaving a message. yes, i suggest you watch the movie, it's entertaining.

Odette said...

the strain isn't here yet but our airport terminal had been alerted and is temperature scanning every passenger ariving into our country.

its like SARS scare all over again..

anyway, none of our swine is suferring from such virus, so for now, we are safe.

Odette said...

Hi Ravi,
seeing your comment did make my day!

Lirish said...

Actions speak louder than words..but does not make you deaf..hahaha..a PJ..well yes thats true..instead of describing your love to someone with a hundred pages of letter or a blog full of comments, a simple gesture as a rose, a sweet smile, a warm hug do convey a lot..not much of an expresser myself..but i do try it sometimes and really it works wonders.. now this action of me writing a comment itself would have left some reactions.. but i guess i cant do more than using words here..hehehe..

Odette said...

of course you know it will get a reaction - a smile, a giggle and an impish shriek!
thanks for writing down your thoughts... your words mean a lot too.


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