Last week, I posted on SNAPSHOTS and LOVE. I humbly encourage the read. At its very core, it speaks to the importance of:
- a meaningful, big and longer term vision
- equally meaningful 90-day snapshot goals that serve as building blocks, and
- L.O.V.E. as an action in achieving same.
This past week, I had the serendipitous opportunity to speak to a Grade 4 class in my alma mater elementary school, on being heroic. It was nothing short of incredible; life changing in many ways for me. For the first time in decades, I was nervous before walking in. I deeply wanted to connect with these children, these kids; as I identified with them after so many of the 48 years later. The school has become so much more diverse, and beautifully so. The experience I had was surreal. Connected. Inspiring. Real. Surreal. All in one.
I say all of this as it rides on my three points above. My vision is big and meaningful. My building blocks are concrete and meaningful. I am approaching their engagement and achievement with L.O.V.E.. But it is that “E” in L.O.V.E. that is resonating ever more powerfully this week; this day.
- Baha’ullah said, “Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.” Your adorning (that which dresses you are your actions, not simply your words. Your words will be supported by your deeds. My words will be strengthened by my deeds. Certainly, without the deeds, the words mean nothing ultimately.
- Baha’ullah also said, ““The betterment of the world can be accomplished through pure and goodly deeds …” Now there is a simple formula for bettering the world. And it is not pure and goodly words; at least not without the support of those deeds.
Bruno Mars sang, “Don’t believe me, just watch… “. Extreme sang of it in More than Words. To rise is an action. To wake up, is an action. To get up is also. Our words matter, but they matter because we speak them, or write them… actions. Our words matter, but they matter most when in action. When we L.O.V.E. … it is the action that brings it to life. It is what creates impact and legacy alike.
This week, in that classroom, as I felt the rare nerves of both hope and responsibility, I said to myself “let’s do it”. I trusted in the action, because the motive was pure and goodly. The results are impacting my countenance even now and going forward.
“What you do speaks so loud, that I cannot hear what you say.” These words, often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson say so much about action. Execution is everything.
Now, what will we do about it?
Peace, passion and prosperity.
Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy