Striving For A Great Mind
At a party where I didn’t know the people well, I found myself in a conversation that went abruptly from ordinary small talk to personal...where “friends” not present were being discussed.
Nothing horrible was said but a lot of the comments weren’t very complimentary either…
...Ok, let’s call it by its name; this was a gossip fest.
Then, to my own horror, even though I did not know the persons of interest, I was tempted to add my two cents so I could fit in.
This prompted me to ask myself a few questions, you know that uneasy, internal dialog that we all have...
- First, is this right? Should this conversation be taking place?
- If I weren’t here, what would be said about me?
- How can I change the subject?
Where did you see yourself in this story?
There’s a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt that sticks in my mind whenever this temptation comes over me: “Great minds talk about ideas, Average minds talk about events, Small minds talk about people.”
I want to strive for a great mind.
As enticing as gossip may seem in the moment, we never really feel good about it at the end of the day.
Just think how much better our world would be if we focused our energy on IDEAS instead of gossip.
What great ideas have been on your mind? Comment and let me know!
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