The Gossiper

A woman repeated a bit of gossip about a neighbor. Within a few days the whole community knew the story. The person it concerned was deeply hurt and offended. Later the woman responsible for spreading the rumor learned that it was completely untrue. She was very sorry and went to a wise old sage to find out what she could do to repair the damage.

"Go to the marketplace," he said, "and purchase a chicken, and have it killed. Then on your way home, pluck its feathers and drop them one by one along the road."

Although surprised by this advice, the woman did what she was told.

The next day the wise man said, "Now go and collect all those feathers you dropped yesterday and bring them back to me."

The woman followed the same road, but to her dismay, the wind had blown the feathers all away. After searching for hours, she returned with only three in her hand.

"You see," said the old sage, "it's easy to drop them, but it's impossible to get them back. So it is with gossip. It doesn't take much to spread a rumor, but once you do, you can never completely undo the wrong."

© Original Author


Some words are like buckets that carry lots of things. Some words are like hornets that leave some nasty stings.Some words are like music that make us want to sing. Some words are like messengers that have good news to bring.Some words are like hammers that beat upon your day. Some words are like pillows that soften what you say. So when you open up your mouth and have some words to share, Be sure those are just the words to show that you really care! Soft words are pillows for the hurts!!!

© Original Author

See if you can identify "WHO AM I?" from the following clues:

I have no respect for justice.

I maim without killing.

I break hearts and ruin lives.

I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with age.

The more I am quoted the more I am believed.

I flourish at every level of society.

My victims are helpless; they cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face.

To track me down is impossible. The harder you try, the more elusive I become.

I am nobody's friend.

Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same.

I topple governments and ruin marriages.

I end ministries set up by God.

I ruin careers and cause sleepless nights, heartache and indigestion.

I spawn suspicion and generate grief.

I make headlines, headaches and heartaches.

I make innocent people cry in their pillows.

Even my name hisses.


I come in many forms:

Church gossip

Office gossip

Shop gossip

Party gossip

Telephone gossip

Online gossip

How many clues did it take for you to identify it?
So...before you repeat something, first ask yourself...





Just something to think about for this day...

Have a blessed, gossip-free day!
©Ann Landers Aug 1985

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