A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.

                                           Proverbs 11:13

Everywhere we typically go, we run into gossip. At work, coworkers will give you the full update on the lives of everyone there. Our friends will call us up squealing with excitement from the news they just heard and can’t wait to share. Even at Church, there is someone whispering about how “Sister Jones,” is on her 3rd husband. What’s the purpose of gossip? It does nothing positive for the person that it’s about, and it doesn’t usually change your life in a positive way either. At most, it’s entertaining. However, should we really be entertained by the misfortune of another? Juicy gossip is amusing, until it’s about you or someone that you care about. Gossip is a dangerous thing, because it hurts. Gossip destroys trust and respect. As Monumental women, it’s our job to promote positive interactions. So the next time gossip pops up in your day, decline to participate. Not participating can help with stopping the spread of something that could ruin another.

Before, you think to carry the news about someone’s recent misfortune or the racy affair happening in the office, remember that negativity does nothing for you or anyone else. This week, when you notice yourself about to participate in gossip, remove yourself from the environment. We must try to be better, more positive, and a leader rather than a follower. Don’t allow your words to hurt others or to damage yourself any longer!

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.

                                                                                                                                  Henry Thomas Buckle

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