by M. J. Joachim
Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor
I suppose this includes dear old Dad & Mom, siblings, spouse, children and extended family members too. If we need to lie about someone else or put them down just to make myself feel better, we’re nothing but lousy liars. Gossip is strictly verboten! Does that mean it’s safer talkin’ about the weather and what our favorite foods are? Yes, I suppose it does. I also suppose it wouldn’t hurt throwing out a compliment or two. When in doubt, praise, don’t shout …all those nasty things that have a way of throwing people under the bus, if you know what I mean. Pat someone on the back, instead of slamming their face into the ground type thing. No harm, no foul. Lift a person up, for crying out loud – or leave them alone and move on.
As the old saying goes, “If you can’t say nuttin nice, don’t say nuttin at all!”
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