Life is Action not Contemplation

There are 2 kinds of people in this world;

Which one are you?

A thinker?

Or a person of action?

The German poet and philosopher Goethe said;

“Life was not given for indolent contemplation and study of self, nor for the brooding over emotions of piety; actions and actions only determine the worth.”

What we do matters. What we do, makes a difference. And whatever difference we create is felt, whether we come to know of it, or not.

Actions speak and words don’t. Test it yourself. You can talk for a month and no one will really care. But take a step and everyone will notice.

Footballers have a motto that they use to deal with their anger against rivals… “Let your feet do the talking”, because for them, the net is the most sensitive place. Kicks hurt the most there. That same phrase. . . . Sticks and stones.

Take a look at history and you will see that it is the men and women of action, not fancy words that created the future and were remembered for centuries afterwards. Conquerors, rulers, scientists, architects, painters and leaders. Due to them, we have the world we see today.

Aristotle said;    “The great end of life is not knowledge, but action”

For action is the only sensible outcome of knowledge. What can be achieved by contemplating about what the world could be?

Success is not attained by dreaming about it. All build castles in the air, but few build them on the ground.

Success is achieved by working hard and working smart. It is achieved by breaking down walls, through labouring in the sun and rain. It is achieved by remaining strong, despite opposition from the four sides….. Because the road to success does not know the word easy.

Who are you?

You are what you have done and doing, not what are saying and can say.

The way you react to a particular situation.  One act can tell more about you, than can be deduced from what you say all day.

     We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore, is not an act, but a habit

A man of action does not therefore does not sit down to rest after achieving his goal, but he continues working. Because success is a journey, it is not a destination.

What is the use of this life if it was spent in sitting and musing over the complexities of life? The human being was built for work. This body is infact a machine, an amazing machine, which can withstand tremendous pressure, and keep working in the most difficult situations. Just like a machine, if a person stays idle, he becomes stale and rusty and the glow of life ebbs away from him. Do or die. That is the rule.

Inner and outer balance can only be established if one keeps moving…..

But is contemplation necessary for inner peace?

Carl Sandburg says;

“It is necessary for a man to go away by himself, to sit on a rock and ask, who am I? Where have I been? And where am I going?”

But the result of too much contemplation is always indecision. Self-meditation is necessary to achieve peace. . . .  But to a limit. As for action, it may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.

Therefore the necessity of action cannot be denied.

Theodore Roosevelt said;

“In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The next best thing you can do is the wrong thing. The worst thing you can do, is nothing.”

In conclusion, action is not just important, but necessary for life. But there is no comparison with well-planned and well thought out action.

Action without vision is a nightmare. Vision without action is a daydream

A man/woman should not be idle for a moment of his life. What is the use of this precious gift if it to be wasted along with the breaths that leave the body? ……… Get up now……..Stop daydreaming……….Start working……Make something of your life.

Work, Work, Work and we are bound to succeed.”- Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah

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