Under What Circumstances are Words More Powerful than Actions?

As a teenager progressing his way through high school and developing as a person, words and actions are the two ways I express myself.  As I’m reading, “Catcher in the Rye,” I realize that Holden and I have a lot more in common than I initially thought.  We both have a feeling of anxiety and uncertainty about the future and our current situations.  A lot of times I don’t have any words to explain how I’m feeling and I don’t know how to take action to relieve the feelings I have.


Words are more powerful than actions when creating music.  As I was reading, “The Catcher in the Rye,” I was writing a song called, “Let Me Do My Thing.”  When I don’t know what to do to relieve my feelings of uncertainty or unhappiness with my current situation, writing a song about how I feel relieves my worries.  After I stopped playing basketball in February, I haven’t been proactive in my search for new activities and hobbies.  I’ve spent a lot of nights just in my room and when I would go out with my friends I would feel like I was wasting my time.  I didn’t make an effort to surround myself with people who make me feel great and as a result, I feel like I don’t have peers who support me and care about what I’m doing.  Words were more powerful than actions in this case because I was unable to do anything to improve how I was feeling.  I needed immediate relief from my stressful emotions and I wouldn’t have been able to find my peace through any actions.

Looking back through history, many people will be remembered for their words and not what they did.

Martin Luther King Jr. and his speech during the March on Washington will forever be remembered in history.  The actions he arranged were also very important in the fight for civil rights, but he preached the values of non-violence.  His words, “I have a dream,” were more powerful than any riot or revolt.  He led a revolution with his voice and guidance, not through violent action.  In this case, words were more powerful than actions.

Dear Seth Godin,

I was recently listening to a podcast you were featured in, “The Art of Noticing, and Then Creating,” and I have to say that I was able to clean up my room and fold all my clothes, and I still didn’t get through the entire 55 minutes.  But that’s no disrespect to you at all; it actually proves that listening to your thoughts made me more productive.

Now that's something to smile about.
Now that’s something to smile about.

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