"A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan." Martin Luther King, Jr.

In my travels and experiences, it never ceases to amaze me the lengths some people will go to ensure their mindset remains unchallenged and myopic. I used to do the same. I would get stuck on a principle that was clearly wrong, yet defend it with emotional arguments. Everything I did from that point on would be colored by the viewpoint that my first and natural assumption was the only correct one, and no matter who disagreed with me--even those with greater, more sensible arguments--was flat out WRONG. No ifs, ands or buts about it. And I'm ashamed to say that I would readily resort to cursing someone out if there was an inkling of disagrement there...a little something for the ignorant folks whose level I was quick to stoop down to.

Yet just as I learned to build my vocabulary up to find more creative ways of telling people about themselves, I also learned to broaden my horizons and listen with a keen ear to the sound and season of a matter. I released the corruption of comfort and decided instead to venture onto the road less traveled.

Who wants to come with me? Each day there are many opportunties to show forth soft or small minded ways of thought and belief, yet there are just as many (if not more) opportunities to learn from circumstances in order to transcend the difficulties of it. After all, great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and small minds discuss other people. I'm just not in the business of dwelling within the misconceptions, misunderstandings and preconceived assumptions of the small minded.

We were born to be strong minded pillars of society. Why settle for the layaway of what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called "spiritual death?"

How will you elevate your mindset to press beyond assumptions and status quo? Have you tapped into your greatness yet?