Let’s consider this a brand new meme and pass it along as much as you like. I tag the world.
Gossip: Idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others.
Gossip, we’ve all (or most of us) have done it, I’m sure we’ve all heard it, and I’m sure most of us have, at one time or another, been negatively affected by it.
Please note that our definition of gossip above doesn’t necessarily have any negative connotations.
When I hear people talking negatively about other people, my first question (to myself) is usually “and what are they saying about me behind my back.” Generally I don’t much trust that I’m getting a complete story when I hear negative talk about people that aren’t around.
However, once in a while you might catch someone saying something nice about other people (and those are the folks that I hope are talking about me behind my back).
As an example, Mr. Oh, who lives behind me, recently changed jobs. He was a teacher in the Jr. High, but this year he’s an Assistant Principal in a local elementary. The minivan lane is in what sometimes feels like a small town, in that a lot of circles are intertwined. For instance, Mr. Apple works at the school that Mr. Oh used to work at, and Mr. Apple also goes to my church. One day I overheard someone talking to Mr. Apple, and heard her mention Mr. Oh’s name. She was actually singing the praises of Mr. Oh, and talking about how well he handled a situation that had come up at school. (Aside: Mr. Oh has 6 kids — this of course instantly increases his expertise in all things to do with children — as much of it has probably happened in his house anyway.) A few weeks later, I ran into Mr. Oh (in another intertwined circle having to do with the daughter of Princess’ Godmother) and made it a point to inform him about how at least one parent at his new school was singing his praises.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it seems that bad news always travels quicker than good news, and it’s often more common to hear criticism than compliments.
So now, I tag ALL my readers, to catch people saying nice things, pass along the compliments, and say some nice things yourself.
Now, I don’t expect some random blog post by “just a mom” in the burbs is going to change the world, but let’s work on brightening up a few little corners of it.