“Whatever happened to Sarah Sota?” the snide talking head inquired.
“Her business card is on the table near your left hand. Why don’t you pick it up and call her?” I benignly, sincerely said.
Her fluffy face blanched but she didn’t chance a glance: at me nor the card. Her integrity was on the table for all to see.
She kept her eyes averted while her head swiveled to the left to recite a six-month old gossip phrase and ask for more – and that equananimous person had the grace to nod “no”, her head down as well.
I merely looked on… well, you and I know, Constant Reader, that I did not. I repeated my question in the silent pause that lingered, a pause that was not impregnable with me around. Forthright, stalwart seeker of truth and parity. A gossip squasher, if it was within my power.
I am an American, born to be free and brave.
What kind of person would choose to rely on gossip rather than open conversation?
One that I can not abide. What about you? What human interaction gives you pause?
“A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash” (Proverbs 15:14 NLT, second edition).
Here a change to embrace: “You’re once, twice, three times a listener”…, a new take on an old song.
Embrace the pause. Be a listener, be gracious and well-graced. Care. Concerned and considerate be.