Last week I wrote about the meaning of material things and how I am really starting to come to realize that the more you have, the more they weigh you down. I talked about how my girlfriend and I were going to donate many of the things in our apartment as we moved into our new townhouse. Check out the picture below…
In that picture you can see 18, 30 gallon trash bags, filled with clothes, shoes, hats, purses, and accessories galore. These items were things that we just didn’t wear/use anymore. They were just taking up space in our closet for no other reason than to take up space. That wasn’t all we gave away though, just the 1st round. I would say by the end of it, we had close to 30 bags that we donated, and a bunch of boxes of DVDs and books as well. It felt great to get rid of so much STUFF. That is all it was, just stuff, taking up space. This doesn’t even include the amount of crap I threw away. From things such as school projects I did when I was a kid, even to my high school yearbook. I went with the mantra that, “I will always have the memories”. There is no need to continue to lug around physical items to remind me of those memories, my memories can never be destroyed. I immediately felt lighter as we packed and got everything moved to our new place in one weekend.
But the point of this all, is I did what I said I was going to do. I didn’t just talk the talk, I walked the walk. I wrote about how material things aren’t the true meaning of life, that I was going to start to purge the majority of mine and I did it. We are taught from a young age, that actions speak louder than words. But many of us still grow up to be big talkers. We talk about our dreams and what we could be doing. But very few of us actually act on those dreams. We let life get in the way, and we let our words speak louder than our actions instead of the other way around.
You gain more credibility in life when you just do what you say you are going to do. Plus it feels better, you say something and you do it. People around you begin to trust you, they believe that you will do the things you talk about. When you only sit around and talk about it, you just become a talker, you become noise in their ear. Much like the “wamp, wamp, wamp” noises that the adults in Charlie Brown made every time they were talking to the kids. You don’t want to be that person.
Be someone who makes a difference, makes a change, follows your dreams and most importantly: do what you say.