action is character
Action is character wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald.Â Syd Field expanded the idea to “what a person does is what he is, not what he says.”Â Now that was written in the context of creating characters for screenplays, but as I digested the statement, I thought how would that apply to me as a character.Â What do I actually do from day to day, moment to moment? And how does what I do, define who I am.Â How much stuff do I say, but not do?Â And how much of what I say is a reflection of things I’ve already done, or put another way, how much time do I spend talking about what Bruce Springteen called the glory days?
I don’t have answers yet because the questions stopped me dead in my tracks.Â I glimpsed a reflection of the answers and froze.Â Could I really answer the questions objectively?Â We have a perception of ourselves that is different from how other people perceive us which is different still from reality, whatever that is.
If someone were to write a biography of me, I wonder what they would write…