“Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.”
Okay let's be real here . . . everyone naturally gossips: At the barbershop, at the nail salon, at home, at the grocery store, at work, at the family reunion, the list goes on! I define gossip as talking about someone else's business when their not around. In my opinion, there's good gossip and there's bad gossip. Good gossip is speaking highly of other people, exchanging words of encouragement, and sharing positive news. For example . . .
"My coworker just got a promotion. I am so proud of her because she worked really hard for it. She's moving on up! "
On the other hand, bad gossip is the total opposite. It's when the conversation becomes salty. Here's an example . . .
"Wow. How in the world did she get a promotion?! All she does is sit at her desk and let everyone else do the work. I bet she's flirting with the supervisor."
See the difference?
Bad gossip can be so ugly. It creates drama, stirs up tension, breaks up friendships, and tears people down for no reason! I learned to stay far away from bad gossip because it's draining and it doesn't benefit anyone.
“A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.”
THE CURE to bad gossip is to simply avoid it. If you're around someone that starts bashing other women/ men, just excuse yourself from the conversation.
Gossip starts small and then it explodes into something that could've been prevented in the first place. I wrote this blog post because I wanted to encourage you to keep your conversations clean. No one cares about "what he said she said". Talking about other people's business won't help you succeed in life (unless your Wendy Williams).
I understand that we are human and we might slip and say too many words out of frustration but lets practice self control in our daily conversations. Let's focus on speaking kind words over our sisters, brothers, co-workers, neighbors, etc. By doing this you will gain peace in your heart and joy from minding your own business!