A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.
— HENRIK IBSEN
Happy Monday, friends! I hope the day is as sunny in your life as it is right outside my window. If not, make it that way.
I wonder how many of us have fallen prey to the quote of the day. We are led to believe, rightly, that there is power in words. Churchill saved a nation with words. Shakespeare continues to inspire with words. Jesus changes lives with words. If only all of our words were so healing, blessing, wonderful. Yet, consider your life and all the times, thousands of times, well-meaning persons have offered you advice, insight, solace, comfort, all with words. Surely some percentage of those words were meaningful and effective. But how many of them could stand up to the power of one faithful action? None.
It pains me to say this, as one of many persons who depends on words for much of my work, but we all too often over-rely on words to do what can most effectively be done by action. Why does this distinction matter? Because relationships hang in the balance. Yesterday was Mother's Day. Tell her you love her 1000 times if you like, but show her you love her one time and she'll never forget it. Say whatever you want as much as you want to your spouse, children, co-workers, employees, friends, neighbors, anybody, and you'll garner continued tolerance. But show something positive, do something helpful, be something wonderful to them and you'll be appreciated, yes, beyond words. You don't have to look for opportunities to swap many words for single actions; they are constantly all around you. And you don't have to worry about over-work or over-commitment; just do what you can when you can. You will see the greatest positive difference in your life you can imagine. Can you do it? Easier than you think! Have a wonderful week!