The old saying remind me “Actions do speak louder than words”… while talking make some quick calculation at the back of the mind “are you capable of following it up with action”? If the answer is ‘No’ then, I think, the very words can prove suicidal.
Words do carry a lot of weight in this technology driven world, how we say, what we say, in what context etc. gets carried through in seconds. We should be fully conscious while delivering each word that the words remain in the memory of audience if ONLY it is followed by action in alignment with what one speak. This is what, I think our elders meant when they say to one another –“actions speak louder than words.” In many cases, what we say doesn’t necessarily line up with what we do, and it becomes clear that it’s easier to talk about doing something than it is to actually do. At the same time, it’s easy to keep doing something and not necessarily spoken at every available venue; but “the word spreads” on its own. So it’s good for one and all to take a look once in a while to make sure there is certain alignment between what we say and what we do.
Now-a-days it’s become highly fashionable to talk about our dreams, but it takes a lot more energy to take even small steps that lead to bringing our dreams into reality. If all we ever do is talk about something, at some point of time we ourselves will begin to lose faith in ourselves because nothing changes on the ground. This is how “all talk and no action” proves suicidal. Also it’ll be useful to examine our actions – once in a while – to see if we are following through on our own words. For example, in expressing concern about the environment, are we asking ourselves whether we are taking the simple steps we can take to put that concern into action? If we are talking about road safety, we should make sure that we are taking the tiniest steps – for that matter – towards what we say to set an example and as follow up to our valiant speeches / articles.
Madhu K. Nair [24th September 2012]