Words and Deeds

By Susan Brown

Words and Deeds

I’m a dedicated wordsmith.​​ I think in words,​​ and in my dreams,​​ everyone​​ always has something to say.​​ And those words!​​ Weaving from ideas to fantasies​​ to nightmares.​​ It’s like being caught in a tide that will drown you if you don’t watch out.​​ 

It can get exhausting.​​ 

Awhile back, I had the misfortune to work with a guy​​ with a nasty​​ temper,​​ who​​ erratically​​ browbeat his​​ subordinates​​ and did some very questionable things in pursuit of his own goals.​​ 

But he talked a good game.​​ He always said the “right” thing, was able to look concerned,​​ and invariably​​ could​​ spin​​ his dross into gold​​ with a higher up.​​ After witnessing​​ his temper and golden tongue, another colleague sighed and said earnestly, “But he’s a good person.”​​ 

Not so much…he​​ says​​ he’s a good person.​​ He doesn’t​​ act​​ like a good person, and there’s a difference.

Right now, our world seems to go to extremism as the first stop for problem-solving.​​ But​​ extremism​​ – any kind of extremism​​ ​​ seems to veer into​​ hurtful, horrible actions​​ all​​ wrapped in​​ snappy​​ slogans.​​ Reason and passion tangled​​ up by​​ pretty words.​​ 

As they say, even the devil can quote scripture.

My petty office politics seem​​ to be​​ a​​ microcosm of the bigger picture – and that’s scary.​​ On the world stage, some people will say anything.​​ They’ll sound all the right notes, just to get what they want.​​ And a few, often a very few, will use their position to help others.

Words and deeds.​​ Damn.

 


About The Author

I love to write! And I love to write for teens. Since I was a kid, bored with school, I’ve been making up stories. Eventually I became a journalist, got married, had kids, adopted dogs and started writing books in earnest. Three followed, plus two more co-authored with Anne Stephenson.

I’ll be publishing a half dozen new books in the next year or two, some fantasy and some realistic which I hope will appeal to teen readers – I’ve had quite a few kids read them and gotten a thumbs up! Check out my website at www.susanbrownwrites.com