Don’t Pass it on.

Gossip. Shades of the truth. Bits and pieces of hearsay or innuendo- a juicy tidbit here; a little dirt there. What could it hurt? Besides, someone else will do it; why shouldn’t I get in my two-cent worth? And so it begins: a lie embellished, and relished. A reputation tarnished, a job denied – a child isolated. A secret world of whispers designed to hurt. Hate filled, fear-based, malicious jealous words that harm.

Don’t pass it on.

That could be you on the dark end of that lie; the rumor which could destroy your heart. And hope. God made it a commandment; this bearing false witness- but many still believe a friend because they are a friend. They would not tell me an untruth – that would be so uncouth of her or him. So you remain silent and cowardly in your loyatly to them.

Don’t pass it on.

Those dark whispers that bury the light of fact. Sometime a thunderbolt of decency will undo the vile; it may take a while – it may be too late many times.  The nastiness may have ripened on the vines. So the secret putrid slime of a lie blossoms in too many minds.

Somewhere it has been said that “rumors are carried by haters, spread by fools, and accepted by idiots. That statement alone should be enough for us not to pass it on.


“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”   ______Eleanor Roosevelt, former 1st Lady of the United States of America, 1932 – 1944


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