Thursday, April 7, 2011

"Actions Speak Louder Than Words"

Happy Thursday, Beatdowners.

So I saw a status updated on Facebook that got me thinking about the origin of some sayings, a ton about hypocrisy (considering who posted the saying), and a ton more about the idiosyncrasies of certain people (of which I won't get into in this public forum).

So to the point, then..."Actions speak louder than words".

We've all heard and/or read that saying a million times before.

Where did it come from?

I did a little digging and came up with this:
  • The 16th-century French writer Michel de Montaigne is usually given props for coming up with the saying when in one of his essays he wrote, "Saying is one thing and doing is another".
  • Before him, St. Francis of Assisi (the dude that founded the Franciscan Order of friars in the Catholic Church) had been credited with saying, "Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary"; essentially, he's saying always do good deeds, and speak of doing good deeds only when necessary.
Pretty neat little factoids, if you are a geek like me.

Anyhow, do actions speak louder than words?

In this bloggers opinion, ABSO-FRIGGIN'-LUTELY.

Actions unquestionably "prove" things better...more clearly. 

Actions show who a person is, where their head is, and where their heart is; most importantly, actions show an individuals genuineness.  
Far too often, people say they will do something, say they want to do something, promise this, that, and the other, but they don't follow through.  They say whatever sounds good at the time to appease the masses, to avoid conflict, to be "safe", and/or to hold on to something or someone that benefits them.
That's bullsh*t.  That's cowardly.  That shows what they are inside, and that ain't pretty.
You have to walk the walk, not just talk the talk.
Life is too short to not be honest.  Life's too short not to tell it like it is.  And the world is full of bullsh*t - don't add to the heap.
If you say you are going to do something, DO IT.
If you have no intentions, be honest about it - don't lead people on, don't lie, don't create a powder keg that 100% guaranteed will blow up in your face one day; while you may hurt someones feelings by being blunt and brutally honest up-front, you'll prevent many more sticky situations, hard feelings, and poor opinions being formed of you in the long run...opinions that will always be in others minds no matter what.
Trust me, I'm talking from experience.
That's all I got.
Get out there and climb another rung on the ladder of AWESOMENESS today.
Make it count.
Follow through on something you said you were going to do and haven't yet.
Until next time...

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