Remember Me?

One of the things that bothers me about  human beings is how much enjoyment comes from speaking in a derogatory manner about one another.  That is why when I read the following, it struck me as to how the author (who is basically unknown), was able to get it so right.  I have known people who have been hurt badly by untruths – to the point of tears.  Now, I am not going to paint myself white here.  Years ago, I realized that some things that came out of my mouth were unnecessary.  When those moments occurred, it was at a time when I was not feeling particularly good about myself.  So there is a motive – unhappy with yourself – then try to find fault with someone else.  Trust me, it does not work.  Your feeling of satisfaction is short-lived and does not change who you are or make you any better.  That is why I purposely stay clear of gossip, hearsay, or anything remotely close to it.  Learning that alone will give one peace of mind. 

Whether you are familiar with this writing or not, another read will not hurt you, will it?

                                                          REMEMBER ME?

                                                         (Author Unknown)

My name is Gossip.  I have no respect for Justice.  I maim without killing.  I break hearts and ruin lives.

I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with age.

The more I am quoted the more I am believed.  I flourish at every level of society.  My victims are helpless.  They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face.

To track me down is impossible.  The harder you try, the more elusive I become.  I am nobody’s friend. 

Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never quite the same.

I topple governments and wreck marriages.

I ruin careers, cause sleepless nights, heartache and indigestion.

I spawn suspicion and generate grief.

I make innocent people cry in their pillows.

Even my name hisses.  I am called Gossip.  Office gossip.  Shop gossip.  Party gossip.  I make headlines and headaches.  Before you repeat a story ask yourself:  Is it true?  Is it fair?  Is it necessary? 

If not – do not repeat it,

KEEP QUIET!

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