What Would You Do??

Things have been busy busy busy and it's been awhile since I posted a response to one of the 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind.  I'm now on number 11:

You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire.  They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend.  The criticism is distasteful and unjustified.  What do you do?

I can answer this question simply and without a doubt that I would stand up for my friend, because I'm not afraid of confrontation. I would say that the person being criticized is my close friend and that the remarks they were making were uncalled for. I believe that gossip is a sin, but even so sometimes it's really hard to not what to indulge in what other people have to say about a situation. Too much gossip can destroy a person. For a long time I was stuck in a group of friends that was just full of gossip and lies. It was awful, but unfortunately, it was also very typical. Young adults, teenagers especially, use their friends to their own advantage. It's a very selfish stage in life, I think. Somehow though during this time though I stopped being a coward and learned that enough was enough. I began standing up for myself and for others. And I began investigating. Sometimes there are so many lies traveling around that it's hard to know what the truth is. Live by the motto, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.

I am answering these questions as part of my Day Zero Project. :)


  1. I'm afraid of confrontation to an extent, but gossip makes me supremely uncomfortable--even more so than confrontation. I would at least stand up by trying, at first, to direct the conversation to good things about my friend, and then if they didn't get the hint I'd simply point out that I liked and respected that person. That would send the message loud and clear without being rude.
    I think yours is the perfect motto to live by. There is most always something positive that we can say (or think) about a person.


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