“Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.”
We’ve all heard the saying “Great minds think alike.” But we’ve never heard about how average or small minds are alike? And there is a reason. Eleanor Roosevelt reminds us that the power and weight of what we discuss with others is a very thin line between have a great mind and having a small mind. Today’s entry is a cautionary reminder that if we are not thoughtful in what we talk with others about it could derail us in our journey towards becoming socially aware.
When I was a part of the leadership team at my school my principal would always say that if we ever were faced with a problem it is important to already have some solutions in mind in order to affectively and efficiently solve it. In essence she wanted us to already have ideas that could be brought up for discussion. By being prepared with potential solutions this would lead us in having productive discussions with one another and increase the likelihood of us having our solution at the conclusion of the meeting. The discussions of these ideas is time well spent hence leading us towards attaining that great minds’ status.
When average minds discuss events it comes to down to just you and another person or group of individuals having a conversation about a certain topic. This could be about the weather, the upcoming presidential election or the football games coming up over the weekend. It does not mean that the conversations are not thought provoking but really are not at the level or depth of discussing ideas that could help potentially make this world a better place or have a positive or negative impact on society as a whole.
The one trap that many of us need to be mindful of is avoiding discussing people. It is also an easy trap and dangerous cycle that we can fall int if we are not careful.s Eleanor Roosevelt basically warns us to avoid gossiping about others. Nothing can violate the parameters of becoming socially aware than gossiping about others. We gain nothing from it and hurt people that we love or care about in the process. We go against the four cornerstones of social awareness: perspective taking, empathy, appreciating diversity and having respect for one another. If we are gossiping about someone else we are showing no respect for the other person and shows us how weak and small our mind is. So as the old adage goes “If you have nothing nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all.”
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards becoming more socially aware?