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.