Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wise Word Wednesday

This week's quote is particularly timely for me.  I've been making a conscious effort for a while now to not engage in gossip or bad-mouthing anyone behind their back.  It's been interesting to see how people react when I won't join in on their conversation making fun of someone.  Usually they are less than impressed with my blank stare.  Sometimes I will flatly call them out on being jerks and other times I just quietly sit back.  Friends and co-workers seem put-off that I won't contribute in idle gossip.  
I always think to myself, "I would hate to find out that someone was talking like this about me".  Coincidentally last week I found out someone has been talking trash about me behind my back.  At first I was annoyed and wanted to confront them.  Then I realized their comments were spawned by jealousy and I decided to move on.  I work hard with my head down and don't brag about my achievements, and this person was wanting a piece of that pie.
 I'm not saying I've never gossiped, because we all have.  I just try to be aware of it now and choose to avoid the drama. 


4 comments:

  1. Nice! I have been doing the same thing for years. I just feel like it's not very grown up behaviour. My friends are used to it now lol. I usually try and say something good about whoever is being gossiped about and then they start being more reasonable. People will get used to the new direction you've taken

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  2. You don't want to gossip but you pointed out the fact that someone was trashing you behind your back. That's still creating drama!

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    1. I wouldn't say it's creating drama because I don't know who the person was nor did I take it any further to spread rumours about them. I just mentioned it to show that it can happen anytime and we have a choice whether to lash out and create drama or just continue on with our head down:)

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  3. Even if you are not contributing to gossip, if you sit there while it is happening and don't say anything, you are participating.

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