I have a love affair with quotes. But, not just any quote.
Inspirational quotes. Motivational sayings. Positive and Philosophical ramblings. Quotes that are filled with a wealth of words that hold the greatest meaning and will have the greatest impact.
Words that make your soul smile, your heart beat with happiness, and the warmth of joy to fill you up. Words that have the power to literally and figuratively move you to do something.
Yet, words are not everything and do not mean anything without actions. Words are meaningless until the actions are made to make them meaningful.
My latest favorite quote is by Lao Tzu, wise philosopher and author of the famous "Tao Te Ching." I recently came across on my gym's website of all places, and here it is:
"When I Let Go of What I Am, I Become Who I Might Be."
My all-time favorite quote is by Gandhi: "Be the Change that You Wish to See in this World." In fact, this quote is such a favorite of mine that I have it laminated and hanging up on my door so that is the first quote I see in the morning and the last one I see before I go to sleep.
Both of these quotes are vital and extraordinary to me because they remind me to make myself and to take action to always try to be a better person and try to make the world a better place. These words tell me to try to help others and to be kinder to people and the world we live in together as a whole. These words ring loud and clear that the actions we take can speaker volumes and louder than all the words in the world.
I have been making it a point to take words and form them into the loudest actions. As we all well know, I have been sharing information about my hard copy book, "Confessions of a Kidney Transplant Recipient," to anyone who is willing (or even unwilling) to listen. Sure, it means a great deal to me if people go out and order it, but the greatest meaning this book holds for me is my utmost hope that people will take action to become a registered organ donor. My story, my book, my face, and my words that I wrote and shared in my book are just one out of hundreds of thousands of people who are waiting for a life-saving transplant, on dialysis, just received a transplant, just lost a loved one and made the most selfless and loving decision to donate their loved one's organs, a living donor who has made the decision to donate, and much more.
I am incredibly honored to be a part of the organ donation and transplant community, which is all about actions being louder than words.
Take Lori Hartwell, founder of Renal Support Network, four-time kidney transplant recipient, and author of "Chronically Happy: Joyful Living In Spite of Chronic Illness," who recently did a radio interview with me on her famous KidneyTalk program. Renal Support Network is fully of resources, information, inspiration, and, above all else, HOPE. Lori Hartwell has taken her life experiences into the greatest action of helping others and making a difference. Listen here to our fun and fabulous Radio Interview and chat: http://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk-podcast/show-index/the-wu-way/
Another example of "Actions Speaking Louder than Words" is Transplant Support Organization. I was just elected as a board member among seasoned board members who have taken their life experiences to collaborate together to support and help members who are transplant candidates, transplant recipients, and/or their loved ones. The team work, the camaraderie, the care, and especially the actions each and every single member pursues and, above all, does is just extraordinary to watch and especially to be a part of. I have just been appointed as "community outreacher" and am very excited about this action-driven role!! Please do check out TSO and the awesome work that they do!
Words are easy to say. Actions are hard to do. But, hard does not mean impossible. Hard can be and is the ultimate driving force to make things happen. How grateful I am to my love of quotes and actual quotes that have driven me into action of moving and grooving in this one life I have to live!
Without thinking what could stop you, think about what could start you and what YOU really want to do. What are your favorite words and quotes that literally and figuratively move you, and that hold the greatest meaning to do something??
I end with this "Wu-Ism":
"Be the Actions that Speak Louder than the Words"