What is there about gossiping that so many of us are drawn to it like a moth to a flame? Is it a guilty pleasure where we think there are no victims? As kids we’re taught not to tattle on others. As adults it seems like we do it all the time. Some of us even get paid for it.
The New York Times included a great article on gossip in the workplace. A worker tells about joining a business with a no-gossip policy, wondering at the time “how is that possible?” She says that everyone knows what’s expected of them and they hold each other accountable.
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You know how some things just stick with you, long after you read them? I remember an article Karen Melang wrote for Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) back in the 1990s where she talked about giving up gossiping during one Lenten season. I was so struck by that idea. She wrote about how her behavior changed that Lent, within her workplace and with family and friends, how she found herself building up and supporting people, not tearing them down.
Why not get a jump on Lent and consider giving up gossiping today?
Today’s blog by Linda Post Bushkofsky first ran in November 2009. Linda is executive director of Women of the ELCA. Please enjoy our other blogs here.