Daily Reminder on Language: #12 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will always speak kindly and politely to others.

“Avoid gossip of any kind.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and until July 12, I, ____________________, will avoid gossip of any kind.

“Gossip does have a chilling effect on those who bear the brunt of it. Generally, our reputations are important to us, and there is an inherent, disconcerting unfairness about labels given or rumors spread when we’re not able to defend ourselves. Such words can be frustrating, painful, and even harmful at times.

“What I hadn’t thought about until that day I visited Jill, however, is what gossip does to the person spreading the ill will. He or she also feels the icy aftermath of careless words. In fact, each of us risks being figuratively—and in this neighbor’s case, literally—left out in the cold if we indulge in gossip and speak unkind words about others.” – The Frigid Wind of Gossip, Name Withheld. Click the link to read the story of Jill and her neighbor (it’s in the first few paragraphs).

Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Language section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/language/

Ask yourself: “What do the words I use say about me?”

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