Whispers, rumors, gossip, bullying, assumptions made before the facts are known; how easily the tongue can destroy another’s life. What happens when we say something about someone else that we assume to be so but in fact may not be so at all? The results of such assumptions and the gossip spread can have horrendous results that can even lead to death. At the very least it is painful and causes emotional and mental trauma. False accusations, lies, rumors, gossip; they are all like a pebble tossed into a quiet pond.
Everything we do or say, whatever action we take begets reaction extending out into wider and wider circles affecting more and more people and the environment we live in. Action always begets reaction. What we do, what we say will affect the world around us, people we know and people we have never and probably never will meet, our environment and our self with consequences beyond that which we can imagine, whether you intend it to be that way or not. Action begets reaction.
Think about gossip, whether you are speaking good or evil of another. Once out of your mouth you can’t take it back and the repercussions are like that pebble tossed in a pond. The circles just keep extending farther and farther out and getting bigger and bigger. Words carelessly spoken can cripple another person for the rest of their life and it doesn’t speak very highly of you either.
Toss a pebble in a pond and watch what happens. There is a little splash. No big thing but watch. Circles are forming, small circles at first and then bigger and wider circles, more and more circles extending out from the point of that little splash from the pebble we toss into the pond. The same thing happens in our life.
Like a Pebble in a Pond: our actions, everything we say and do reach far and beyond until it is carried to distant shores, into other lives and when negative, lies, assumptions that are not true, false witness, destructive criticism; all these things can destroy someone else. It really hurts and sadly, what goes around comes around and when those waves reach the opposite shore they will in time come back to you and because of the impact may be far worse than the original wave. It really hurts. Gossip works like a pebble tossed in a pond, the circles start forming, small circles at first and then bigger and wider circles, more and more circles extending out from the point of that little splash from the pebble (the gossip) we toss into the pond (whispered to others, those stories, assumptions, deliberate lies.) The same thing happens in our life. Be careful of the pebbles. Everything we say or do, intentional or not has an effect on everything else around us like a pebble tossed into a pond.
Gossip, making assumptions about others before we really know the facts is a horrible and destructive weapon. When we deliberately spread false rumors or assumptions we have no proof of , or maybe have simple taken out of context and twisted to make our self look better only brings harm and when the truth is finally known hurts you more than the one you were gossiping about in the first place.
Don’t get caught up in these waves of destruction. Stop the gossip and don’t spread more rumors. Quell the waves before they grow. Don’t throw another pebble in the pond. Bullying, gossip, lying, twisting the truth, making assumptions is so very harmful. One little pebble as its waves spread and become bigger and bigger can turn into a tsunami. It can destroy and even kill. Every day we read articles about folks who committed suicide because of gossip, lies and bullying. We need to tame our tongues and stop throwing stones.
Stop throwing stones in the pond. Remember, what goes around, just like the circles from that pebble tossed in the pond will eventually come back to you. Waves of gossip and false assumption will only destroy that which was truth and good.
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