Monday, March 14, 2011

Say No to Gossip

Just a few nights ago, I read something in a book that really made me think. The text from the book read, "Gossip is sharing dishonoring information with someone who is not a part of the problem or the solution." This is such an important thing to think about in our daily lives.

look for the good in others...
instead of reasons to dislike them

I have never been a fan of gossip. If you're doing it around me, chances that I have nothing to contribute or get up and walk away are high. There are very few, if any actually, times I can think of where gossip does any good. Since it does no good, that means there is no reason to do it. Gossip does happen, but we need to be aware of the consequences. Speaking negatively of someone else only drives people apart, it does not bring us together. So why do it?

The Golden Rule states that you should "treat others the way that you would like to be treated", and with that in mind I know for sure that I don't want others to gossip about me. Keeping that in the back of my mind at all times, it always makes me think twice before opening my mouth about someone else. If I am not a part of the problem or the solution, then I will keep this mouth shut. Gossip does a great job dividing people, and I cannot think of any cases where gossip helps the situation. It is one thing to gossip, and it is another thing to ask someone for advice, on how to deal with a situation, without dishonoring the person you are asking about in that case. Always keep in mind that you will treat others the way you would like to be treated.

will you decide to try and give kindness...
 instead of judgement?

Treating others the way that you would like to be treated also goes hand in hand with not saying anything at all if you have nothing nice to say. I am definitely far from perfect, but I know areas where I would like to improve and better myself.

Here's to a week of positive thinking and only kind words to/about each other. (:

7 comments:

  1. Wonderful wonderful!
    Convicting post, so glad I read it!
    Keep encouraging people with your sweet heart <3

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  2. What a great quote! And a good reminder that none of us are perfect! Happy Monday :)

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  3. Great post! So so true, and it's so nice to have a reminder! :)

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  4. Such a great post and the words are so true!

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  5. Oh no, I hope there wasn't a catalyst behind this. It's a powereful reminder everyone can benefit from though.

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  6. No catalyst... just read about gossip recently and wanted to share it since it's so important. (:

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  7. Great post hon, really! This is kind of trivial, but it makes me think of Bambi and Thumper, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." :) :) I hate drama and gossip!!

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