I was in the supermarket yesterday at the checkout and the lady dealing with me was chatting to her colleague and another customer about the identity of the mystery footballer in the news (please don’t get me started in the fact that she considered that to be more important than making sure she rang up my shopping correctly). To be fair she tried to involve me in the conversation but I did not contribute and kept my head down. Later on, the television news was full of this story. Everyone has an opinion it seems.
Why is it that we are so judgmental? How would you feel if everyone was talking about you? We don’t know what happened or how much of this story is true. The only thing we can be pretty sure of really is how devastated his wife must be. How alone she must feel. And what about his children? What kind of day are they having at school? And while next week or next year this will be old news, it will never be old news for this family. Maybe the next time you are tempted to join in with gossip you could think about the impact on others. Every contact leaves a trace. And what you say says so much about who you are.