How many people have been hurt/damaged (sometimes permanently) by unkind words, lies or thoughtless gossip, spoken about them?
I have worked for many companies and in several cities, over the years. Unfortunately in my experience, the office politics and gossip were usually the norm, not the exception. I steered clear of any of the snipping, bickering and back-stabbing. It wasn’t easy at times. And yes, there were times that I became the “target” of unkind words too.
Most amazing (to me) of all, the number of married women with children who were some the worst offenders. What kind of lessons were they bringing home, I wondered?
Looking back, I’m glad I held firm, remained true to my values and didn’t buy into the nastiness, taking sides etc. just to be “part of the crowd”.
They may be “only words”. But what a powerful force for good or for evil, they can be.
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