I have an app on my iPhone which brings to me, a quote everyday morning at 9AM. Many of them are very great, some are simple, some are those which you have already heard, some are complex, and I have to admit, some, I even find stupid. But quite frequently, there comes along a small one or two liner which makes you think not only about what it said, but also about the person who said that in the first place. How they managed to convey such a profound thought in just one line. Many of the times, the author of the quote is someone I have never heard of, then again, I have heard of quite less people :). It makes you not only admire the message but also the simplicity of putting it in a line.

So, the reason I am writing this post, today’s quote. Quite simple, most of us already know it, but then again, it’s nice to be reminded once in a while. It is about ‘Action’, here goes:

“The only measure of what you believe is what you do. If you want to know what people believe in, don’t ask them what they believe, don’t read what they write, just observe what they do.”

– Ashley Montagu

I really enjoyed this quote; it reminded me about two things:

  1. Exemplary behavior: This reminds you that people are always watching what you do. We may be great individuals at heart, we may think for the best for the ones around us, and everyone else too; but unless we set an example, it does not mean a thing.
  2. Practice what you preach: This is very important for me as I write a lot of stuff on my blog which tells my readers about leading their life better, makes them focus on self-improvement and lots of other ‘goody-goody’ stuff. (eg. My last post about ‘Controlling your anger’ here). I do it so that people may derive some benefit out of it, but unless I implement the same ideologies and ideas in my life as well, my words are nothing but hollow.

I know both the points about roughly mean the same thing, but I am sure you get the gist of what I wish to convey :). And I also hope you enjoyed the quote.



5 thoughts on “Action

  1. Nandini says:

    It’s quite wonderful of your mind to set a chain reaction of thought just because we read something, however small that was. And your post is just that, and so glad you shared the quote along with your thoughts.

    I think it also applied to us. We should observe ourselves often to see what we are actually doing. Who knows, we might rethink on our own beliefs and end up modifying them. Just a thought. 🙂

  2. Nandini says:

    —-correction —- Our minds* and not your mind. ——-

  3. I Agree. Our beliefs and principles should not be rigid, rather we should evaluate them often to ensure their applicability. Makes us ‘flexible’ people. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

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