Saturday, April 18, 2015

Great Minds

"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." - Eleanor Roosevelt.

Found this quote today on Pinterest and, I have to say, it gave me pause. Funny how some things do that, right? For me, it's a rare occasion. I'm not so sure that's a good thing, either, but there it is. This quote made me think. Each section, I dissected, meditated over, asked myself, "Is this you?" Because of course we all wanna be that first bit of beauty, right? Great minds discuss ideas. What an incredible idea.

This is a short post, but I thought I'd challenge each of you as, after allowing this quote to bounce around in my head for a good half hour, I challenged myself: Be a great mind. Discuss ideas with others. Events? OK, that's going to happen. I personally find it near impossible to live in America and refrain from talking about the latest high-profile trial or why everyone's ticked off at the government or why our schools need serious revamping or what Kim Kardashian's wearing.

All right, that last one's not true.

Back on track.

The final portion of Eleanor's wise quote, well, I'm guilty as charged. Really, who isn't? Here's the thing about that, though: if you must talk about people, say something nice. We're all on this planet together. One of my favorite quotes of all time came from John F. Kennedy: "For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inherit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children's futures, and we are all mortal." I've been saying that quote aloud to myself since I was a teenager, no lie. Because sometimes you need to remember the simplicity of existence on this planet.

So, let's discuss ideas with one another. Whether you're me and eager to brainstorm your next novel or, better yet, your critique partner's, or you're coming up with ways to improve your community, do it. Be that person. Share ideas. Listen to other people's. Let's be better human beings.

Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,

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