Inktober Day 12: Louder Than Words

Ink on maker paper – Lyrics: Madonna

This is one of her earlier songs. She was rising on the charts, making a name for herself. Shocking the established path…and three decades later she is still rocking the world. Madonna is the master of reinventing herself. She never stays the same, always pushing boundaries and doing new, inventive things. For more than forty years she has pushed the envelope in the music world, with her words, her styles, her talent.

This song stuck out for me as she is sharing her lesson learned about the difference between words and actions. People tell us all sorts of things along our journey, everything from praise and adoration to contempt and cruelty. The real validity test for their words is done by comparing all that was said against their actions. Do the two match, do they compliment each other? Or are the messages vastly different? In the end it is action that confirms words, not the other way around. What people say and what they do may not always send the same message.

Madonna could have focused her songs around other more popular topics. Instead she chose to use her talent and skills to remind us that actions speak, so act wisely. All of us need to be mindful that what we say and how we behave need to be in unison if we want our message to be clear. If they are not united, then our actions will always win out in delivering the strongest message.

Today, let your actions reinforce your words. If you want to be a top performer, then work hard at doing excellent work. If your family is the most important thing to you, then let your actions and time be spent with your family doing positive things. And if you want to create a better world for yourself and those around you, then let your choices reflect that desire. No matter what we say – good, bad, cruel or indifferent – it is our actions that people see and “hear’. So let your actions speak louder than your words!

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