I’ve always heard that actions speak louder than words but because my life has always revolved around the written word, I’ve neglected the importance of action. Words are important yes, they are the promises in which actions are based. You can tell someone you love them, but to show them is another thing altogether isn’t it.
This weekend I got a glimpse into a world where actions do not necessarily match up with words – spoken or written. When you love someone, when you appreciate them, you should tell them and then you should show them. Thank them, listen to them – don’t just bark back at them. Do things for them and pay attention to the wonderful things they do for you. Compromise. Don’t make promises that you can’t keep. Fight for something you believe in (fight for your soulmate – Crazy, Stupid, Love reference). And did I mention listen?
If I could tell my 14-year-old self one thing it would be to appreciate everything and every single good person that walks into my life. Don’t just write about how much you love them, tell them, show them. Oh, and don’t be a hypocrite about things. If you say something, do it. If you tell someone you love them, don’t treat them like shit. Simple.
Words outline your being but actions illuminate your character.