Action or Motion?

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“To the disciples who were always asking for words of wisdom the Master said, ‘Wisdom is not expressed in words. It reveals itself in action.’

But when he saw them plunge headlong into activity, he laughed aloud and said, “That isn’t action. That’s motion.”

~ Anthony De Mello


I love this definition, and the laughter in this story.

Are you keeping busy, always moving from one activity to another? Or are you taking action?

Action is acting with intention. It means having an outcome in mind, purpose or sense of meaning.

When you apply the wisdom of your words and bring them into your daily activities, you are being true to your self.

When you are authentic in this way, you share your wisdom with the world.

Let us all be more mindful in our actions today.


39 thoughts on “Action or Motion?

  1. I like this, “Action is acting with intention.” Motion reminds me of basketball 😉 It’s what my daughter’s college team did to move the ball around, stalling for time at the end of a quarter when they were up by a point or two, or (sometimes) confusing the other team by changing things up. And perhaps sometimes this is required in life, but I am action-oriented. Purpose and direction conserve energy for what’s important. Aloha, Val! ❤

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  2. Wow – such a difference between these two words: action or motion. So wise. So many people seem to be more concerned with their motion, not thinking about their actions, I’m afraid. I believe that by sitting and not doing for a while, we can then understand the difference.

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