I have to admit, I’m not opposed to gossip.

“If we didn’t talk about people, what would be left to talk about?” my smartest friend in college once posed.

A fair point. But gossip can be even more than that. I think we can learn a lot from one another’s stories. We all go through rough times, and I, for one, feel comforted to know I’m not the only person who has ever gone through something. You’re welcome to spread my story. Maybe you tell it in a guess-what-happened-to-my-friend way, but it’ll help someone anyway. Share away, I say*.

OK there is mean-spirited gossip, too. That I am more opposed to. If you spread speculation or make things up, well, that’s just lying and we were taught better than that.

What’s your take?

* Be merciful though. Don’t say, “Guess what Candace did” to my boss or co-workers, for example. At least say “my friend.”

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