Action Speaks Louder than Words
Action speaks louder than words is an idiom first used in the United States by Abraham Lincoln.
On February 27, 1860, Lincoln gave the Cooper Union Address ¹, the speech that catapulted Abraham Lincoln to become President of the United States.
In it, Lincoln says, “Thus the twenty-one acted; and, as actions speak louder than words, so actions, under such responsibility, speak still louder.”¹
As much as ‘actions speak louder than words’ resonates in the political world, even more so will it affect your body’s transformation.
You can learn from everything that happens to you in your life.
I had the experience of viscerally seeing ‘actions speak louder than words’ from the Leviathan movie (2012).
How Art Inspires Life
One weekend, I saw an independent film called Leviathan down in the west village.
This 2012 film is a documentary about commercial fishing life without words and is directed by Véréna Parave and Lucien Castaing-Taylor of the Harvard University Sensory Ethnography Lab.
The camera shoots above and below the ocean, low down on the deck, and from just about every point of view that you could imagine.
The film had about 30 people in the theater; they have tiny theaters down at the IFC.
About half of the audience left during the film.
I did not blame them. I wanted to leave, as well.
The shots were very confusing; sometimes, you know where you are on the boat, and sometimes you do not.
You see a lot of dead fish, from just about every angle; it is quite gory and frankly somewhat nauseating.
It is the perfect film to encourage veganism.
The sounds of the film were also very grating.
Overall, it was a terrible experience.
So, what can you learn from the Leviathan 2013 movie?
Learn from Everything to Take Action
The Leviathan fishing documentary is an excellent lesson in vision and implementation.
You might not care for the film, the shots, or the sounds, but there are many people who do and will like it.
It received more than 15 International awards, such as;
- Vienna International Film Festival
- Milan International Film Festival
- Belfort International Film Festival, and
- Los Angeles Critics Film Circle
The fact is that the producers of this film had a vision of what they wanted to create, and they went for it.
They created their vision, acted on it, and as a result, we have their film Leviathan for better or for worse.
So, the lesson to us is to never give up on our vision, and that action speaks louder than words.
Of course, it helps to have a vision, whatever it might be, and, most importantly, to act on it until you create what you have imagined.
If Not Now, When?
Have you ever said:
- “I have to lose some weight.”
- “My doctor said I should get rid of this spare tire.”
- “Summer is coming; I want to be able to go to the beach with a new lean body.”
So, your vision for what you want to accomplish is there, but the action is not.
Or it would help if you changed up your strategy, as Albert Einstein points out in his definition of insanity.
Besides the insight into the gory reality of commercial fishing, this motivation to make your vision happen is what you can learn from this film.
This Leviathan 2013 movie inspired me to be even more dedicated to my vision for myself and to share my experiences so they might be helpful to you too.
No matter how dizzy I got from this movie, I still realized that the directors took action and manifested their vision.
Anything that anyone else can do, you can do as well.
And if you are struggling with obesity or depression, there are actions you can take today to change your life.
Don’t just say what you want to do; take action, because action speaks louder than words.
Leviathan Movie – Final Thoughts
You can read a letter called “The Melancholy State of Province” in the book Colonial Currency by A.M. Davis in 1736, where he mentions the idiom ‘action speaks louder than words.’
But you can see the Leviathan 2013 movie for a wonderful example of how action speaks louder than words.
The creators of the Leviathan fishing documentary, as well as all artists, and any people who are taking action to make their dreams come true, can inspire you to do the same.
Thoughts and words alone are never enough.
You cannot just think or read a recipe out loud and expect the dish to materialize.
And even with a spelled-out recipe, ye have to get the ingredients and put them together, shake, bake, mix, blend, whatever it calls for.
Therefore, if you want to beat obesity, you need to take action.
Here is the simplest action plan for you to reach your ideal weight:
Of course, weight loss alone is not enough to build muscle and change the shape of your body.
Fortunately, there is one exercise that will help you achieve your body transformation goals.
Learn about it here:
These two posts will get you on the road to the following:
Together with eating real food, you will see in only three to six months how action speaks louder than words.
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¹ Abraham Lincoln’s Cooper Union Address (Constitution.org)