Today’s thought is about gossip. Gossip is a uniquely human disease that infects and distorts healthy communication. When you gossip you create drama around people’s struggles, imply ‘better than/worse than’ judgments of people, and separate yourself from others. Gossip is especially damaging in organizations where it breeds mistrust and doubt.
Recognize gossip as an impulse, an unhealthy habit of which you must be freed. Speak only kindly of people if you can, but if you have a problem with someone have the respect to speak directly and face-to-face. When you operate in this way you invite others to be respectful of you, create healthy group dynamics, and live a simpler, more loving life.
Become aware of your habits!