"I am sorry - I don't gossip"
I said this for the first time many years ago to an acquaintance who had dropped in for coffee
And over the years I have said it many times.
I am now at a place where I don't need to say it anymore.
People who gossip... Stay away from me.... Or at least keep their gossip away from me.
Gossip in my opinion...is a tool.....used to pull down anyone who dares to be different.
Exclude anyone who steps out of line .... Is the principle it works on.
Of course it has the potential to damage the person we are gossiping about
But more than that.... It fills us with fear.
When we gossip .... We know that we will be gossiped about as well.....and that frightens us and
keeps us from being different.
And that is dangerous.
Because if we are afraid to be different.. If we embrace stereotypes....
How can we live life fully?
How can we allow our children to live life fully?
As a parent... This is what I tell my daughter..
Someone or the other.... Will always have something or the other.... To say about everything you do....
So do what you think is right.
It is not easy to be different
But if you are kind, fair, and inclusive it will give you the courage that you need.
"Rudolph the red nosed reindeer" Is my favorite Christmas Carol because it says..
Dare to be different..
I love to use songs that I learnt as a child to reinforce ideas in my head.
What do you do to steer clear of gossip?