When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
I am reminded of a good friend as I struggle to answer this question, he says so very much that it would be impossible to ever do more than he said.
However for myself, I think that the simple answer is that I strive to do more than I say. Doesn’t everybody?
Ancient Chinese Secret
An old Chinese proverb says that “Talk doesn’t cook rice.” and I believe that is true, and actions are preferable to speaking about something.
Let’s face it anyone can talk about doing something but those that get things done don’t need to talk about it. There is a real benefit to being a person of action, and throughout my life, when I was at my best, I definitely followed this prescription and at my weak points talked too much.
Time to Stop Being Afraid
Considering this question I thought back to all of the experiences of life that I let pass me by and wonder why I didn’t participate in them.
The thing that I am really angry with myself about is the fact that many things I would of liked to have tried I did not because I was worried about what someone might think negatively about me.
My biggest piece of advice for anyone is to do what you think is right and to hell with what others think about it. The most critical voices are always coming from those who never take chances or stretch themselves in anyway.
I have often felt like I was tied in a straight jacket, not by the thoughts of
others, but my own worry about what others would think. The lunacy of this is apparent only when you write it down and think about it.
So I think that I am largely behind the eight ball when it comes to doing more than I said. I hope though that the effort of the rest of my life will be better to help succeed at experiencing all of the things that life has to offer that interest me.
I will never take up knitting because it just doesn’t interest me, but trying things that are new and to do it fearlessly is my biggest goal.
So when it is all said and done I hope that I will have done more than I have said. The mountain of talk may be too high already but perhaps I can chip away at it.
The older I get the more I am sure that I will regret not doing things much more than the things I did, because at least you know how the things you did turned out, the possibilities of everything else are in the wind.
Paul Revere and the Raiders, Too Much Talk