Federico Fellini (a man with a brilliant mind, in my opinion), said... “You exist only in what you do.”
I thought about that this week... especially this week, having just come away from Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK is my most loved hero). I always steep my heart and mind in unfathomable depths of philosophy, integrity, morality, goals, dreams, love and values of character during this week more than many others in the year. It is my own personal mental and spiritual epiphany; thank you kindly for your indulgence!
"You exist only in what you do."
At first glance, I thought... why yes! Yes, of course that's true. I smiled at his thought. Then I thought of Martin. One of the most incredible things about Dr.King was that he not only existed prominently in what he did... but he most assuredly existed, famously even, in what he did not do. Non violence. Not accepting the world as it was, but working peacefully to change it into what it ought to be; the better place that it could be.
Then I realized that both ideas are correct. Really, it's a glass half full or half empty sort of thing. In effect, when an action is not taken, it could be viewed as action by inaction... could it not?
My mind goes to a dear friend of mine who is oftimes quiet and thoughtful in most circumstances, taking everything in silently, processing, and only occasionally offering a response. I have seen so many people attempt to affect this friend's opinion, thought and action, by means of sugar & honey, by salty tears & heartfelt pleading, by anger & rage, and by so many countless other means that very rarely bring an end to their solicitor. Nearly always, these trials effect not much more than a nod at best, and when it truly matters, there is no reaction left ungiven, but more often than not... most of the waves that sweep in to that shore are left to retract back out to sea without so much as a whisper.
This inaction is another example of existing in what is not done... which is the same, I think, as existing in what is done, from another point of view.
...and you? What do you think?