February 25

“Also, do not show your ideas or speak of your practices to the uninformed, but show them the action and results that come from their understanding.” – Epictetus

Actions speak louder than words. We’ve heard it at least a hundred times in our lives. We understand the idea. What we do always matter more than what we say.

But do we actively try to make our actions speak for us? If we did what would we want our actions to say? How can we plan our actions to say the things we want them to about us?

Maybe we can use today to think about one or two things that we want to project to the world. Maybe it is kindness, maybe compassion, or maybe it is strength, or resolve. Whatever things we think about let’s keep the number to a maximum of two. Then let’s try to think about a few things we can do everyday, in as many interactions as possible that allow us to demonstrate one or both of these attributes. Without words.

For the rest of this week, let’s keep track of how we do and also try to keep track of how people respond to us. Maybe it works out, maybe it doesn’t but let’s try. And if it does work out, let’s commit to one month of trying to silently portray these attributes in our daily lives. Eventually, these should become easier and easier until they become a habit. Then we can pick a few more attributes and start all over.

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