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Challenge #2 (Again) – Day 3


Whisper (Photo credit: Chris Sgaraglino)


Today was technically my 3rd day of avoiding gossip.  It was very easy to do yesterday because I wasn’t working.  Today I went back to work and of course, the gossip was in full effect.  I really didn’t participate too much, though I must admit that I listened.  That is one really good thing about being quiet, I’m an excellent listener (as long as it is something I want to hear).


The gossip today was about how our co-worker was acting aloof towards our unit because someone had mentioned that she saw said co-workers music video on Youtube.  This coworker, *Frank, assumed that everyone on our unit was making fun of him.  So Frank, who used to be super-friendly, is now distant whenever he comes to the unit.  According to  my co-worker, *Jeff, Frank sent a note to another co-worker, *Susan, saying it was wrong of her to share the video.  This is not the most juciest of gossip, but for this small group it will suffice for the day.


I’ll continue to avoid participating in the gossip circle, but I can’t say I’m going to stop listening! Next week, I promise to come up with a resolution that is not as lazy as this one.



Challenge #2 (Again)

English: Eugene de Blaas: The friendly gossip

English: Eugene de Blaas: The friendly gossip (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The Challenge: During this time period, I resolve to not gossip.


The History: I admit it, gossiping is fun!  It’s also mean and deceitful.  But oh, what a guilty pleasure!  I like to think of myself as a good person, but then I remember all the times I’ve spoken about someone behind her back or told a secret that wasn’t mine to tell.  I’ve been a lonely girl for as long as I can remember, but I always feel like I belong when I get with a group of girls and gossip.  It’s usually always girls, most men seem  immune to the pleasures of gossiping.  I get the most enjoyment out of being the informant.  


My current workplace is mostly all women.  When I’m not busy, I tend to spend a fair amount of time whispering, judging, and/or making fun of someone.


The Reasons: I want to do this because I want to feel better about myself.  Also, I am often asking myself “What do they say about me when I’m not around?”


The Benefits: I truly feel that not spending my time gossiping will make me feel better about myself.  Additionally, I feel that part of the reason women gossip is to feel better about their own indiscretions and misfortune.  Thus, not gossiping will make me seem more confident.


The Plan: My plan is to not get involved when I hear gossip.  I won’t take part in the discussion and I will try to find something else to keep me occupied.  I’m actually pretty good at tuning people out.


The Time Period: I’m giving myself one gossip-free week.