Gossip


I think this quote says it all…

The biggest liar in the world is They Say.  ~Douglas Malloch

We’ve all done it…repeated stories without verifying whether it is true or not. Some repeat it innocently, will no ill intent; and, sadly some  repeat it – or, even start salacious gossip – due to their own personal issues,  such as jealousy or revenge.

If a person has evil in their heart, [or, in the case of  those who make their living from spreading gossip] no message, blog, quote or reasoning will keep them from continuing to put out false information. However, I put together a slide show to illustrate that even those who don’t maliciously start or spread gossip, do some people an injustice by spreading rumors that they have not independently verified, or, by innocently misinterpreting information and passing it on….

{put your cursor in the black box to pause}

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I bet you wouldn’t want to be Mary in the above scenario.  The next time you think about passing on unverified information, take a moment and put yourself in that person’s shoes. If it is something that could be hurtful to that person [and, their friends and family], refrain from repeating it. You would want others to have the same consideration for you.

Here are more quotes regarding GOSSIP:

  •  What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t witness with your mouth.  ~Jewish Proverb
  • A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.  ~Ouida
  • Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.  ~Spanish Proverb
  • Gossip needn’t be false to be evil – there’s a lot of truth that shouldn’t be passed around.  ~Frank A. Clark
  • A rumor without a leg to stand on will get around some other way.  ~John Tudor
  • There is so much good in the worst of us,
    And so much bad in the best of us,
    That it hardly becomes any of us
    To talk about the rest of us.
    ~Edward Wallis Hoch

I have received many responses to many of the posts on this blog, thus far. However, may I request that you please reply in the comment section of the blog  – as opposed to on Twitter, Facebook, emails, etc. – so that all responses will be together. Your comment may be helpful to others who come across something that they can relate to. You can comment anonymously.

Thank you and many blessings.

IF YOU’VE EVER BEEN ON THE RECEIVING END OF GOSSIP, PLEASE SHARE

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