Sunday, January 27, 2013

What Are Great Minds Saying?

"Great minds discuss ideas; 
Average minds discuss events; 
Small minds discuss people."

... Eleanor Roosevelt


I first read that quote probably 23 years ago and often think of it, especially when I'm tempted to discuss people in a negative way. How simple to speak about folks who mess-up. Everyone can do that--and who wants to be like everyone?

And actually? If we discuss wonderful things which people do, well, that bumps us up to the great minds level--in my world, anyway. Many kind souls carry-out their incredible ideas-- teaching us, inspiring us to come up higher in our own thinking, doing, believing.

We also hit that top great minds level--I believe--when we discuss our amazing God, who is way more than just a wonderful idea. He is everything worth talking about, actually. He's the great I Am, limitless, and no one approaches His extreme creativity and love.

And yes, it's quite average of us to discuss (especially argue about) events in the news. Everyone can do that, too (Facebook, anyone?). But even there I think it depends upon what we bring to the discussion table of current events. Do our words carry added insight and understanding? Do they come from a higher Source, shining a brighter light upon what happened? Do they give others a new compassion for those involved--for both, victims and perpetrators?

Uh-oh. I've practically shredded Eleanor's classic saying. 

Yet it's good to dig deeper sometimes, just so we don't grow confused, dizzy in all our digging, but rather, that we come away renewed and well, more. Not just more inside our own limited head, crawling around with average-ness, but more inspired to release our wings and fly. 


"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."  ...Romans 12:2

"For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."   ... Matthew 12:37


1 comment:

Sara said...

What a wonderful quote, and one which I haven't seen before today. So thank you! Indeed, out of the fullness of our hearts, our mouths speak.