I have no respect for justice. I aim 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 the same. I topple governments and ruin marriages. I ruin
careers and 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.
This very eye-opening poem from an unknown author, says a lot about the
damage done through gossip. What about the famous phrase we all have
heard: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt
me"? Though it may be a useful attitude to take when insulted by others,
in our hearts, we know this is not true. Somehow reciting those words
does not take the hurt away. Use powerful positive words to heal when
confronted with destructive, negative words. Respond to gossip or
criticism with encouraging words about the person being talked about. As
Ephesians 4:29 explains, "Let no evil talk come out of your mouths,
but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your
words may give grace to those who hear". Let us all strive to use the
power of our words for healing.