“Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have been reflecting on the above quote for sometime.
It’s quite a powerful message in a very short sentence. I think that in one way or another, most of us do something that is different from what we say-obviously because we’re human. For example, I have a friend who says she lacks confidence. I don’t think it matters because every time I see her she is standing up straight, looking people in the eye, speaking her mind, and living in a way I’d describe as “confidently”. In this case, I don’t hear what she says because I see her actions and they override her words. I believe she feels a lack of confidence-I don’t mean to say she is lying. I just think that she does a great job of putting her feelings of doubt to the side and tries to live as a confident person, even though she sometimes doesn’t feel that way. So her actions win.
Whereas someone who says they have confidence and then don’t make eye contact, seem to hide when people are around, and don’t stand up for themselves are also speaking most loudly with their actions.
Anyway, this quote has been making me think about all that I say. Let’s face it, because I write a post on here, 5 days a week, I’m saying a lot! But am I doing it? Am I living it? I’ve been checking myself lately to ensure that there is a consistent line between what I say and do. It’s not easy because we all have great intentions-that’s for sure. But how well are we carrying those out?
I think it’s great to take time out of each day and reflect, just for a minute or two on the message in this quote. It’s a wonderful way to maintain a realistic perspective on our progress with our goals. When I catch myself not making a straight line between what I say and do, I am forced to refocus and try again.
We’re not perfect, we’re a work in progress and as long as we are, we can always say we are.