Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Gossip Writer


by Kari Diane Pike

Hello! My name is Kari and I am a gossipaholic.

My new obsession with gossip came about after I sent a long over due message to a sweet friend telling her how much I appreciate her and that I am a better person for knowing her. You see, she truly is an extraordinary woman. And I have always assumed she knew that about herself. She surprised me with her reply.

"Thank you for your kind words. Oh my gosh! I am printing them out and making a little sign to go on my wall so that I can read your words every day. I'm even going have them put on my headstone. Do you really believe what you said to me? Do I really help you be a better person?"

My friend's words helped me recognize yet another weakness in myself. I think "nice" things about people all of the time, but I rarely open my mouth and tell them what I am thinking. I don't know why that is. I'm certainly quick enough to point out errors when I see them.

I've been thinking a lot about several small notes from friends tucked in my scriptures that have lifted me in my dark moments -- special words that could only have come through promptings by that still, small voice. Those friends served as angels in times of desperate need. Even years later, I will pull one of those notes out and find the courage I need to keep going.

Now it's my turn. I no longer assume the people around me know how incredible they are. I am determined to go out of my way to tell other people every nice thing I notice about them and to tell others all about the utterly fabulous and amazing people in my life. I can't think of a better way to use my gifts as a writer. Won't you join me? We can call ourselves the Good News Gossip Girls and have tons of fun spreading delicious stories of service and courage.

hugs~


10 comments:

  1. I LOVE this idea!!! I'm so in! :-)

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  2. Sounds like a fabulous idea. I'm in, too! GNGG is good to go.

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  3. It's true--we should speak up and say tell people the good things we feel about them. It can make a difference. I have a large envelope full of notes my children left on my pillow when they were still at home--apologies, thanks, expressions of love. It started because I had something to say to one of them but she wasn't home from an activity yet, so I wrote my feelings in a note. She responded the same way, and the others joined in, and now I have some wonderful memories that I can review.

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    1. I love it! I exchange notes with my kids too...sure helps out in some of those more awkward moments!

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  4. I like your GNGG idea. We all have self doubts and need words of encouragement and appreciation.

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  5. Great thoughts! I think as we share our sweet thoughts we encourage more positive outcomes. Thnaks for the wonderful reminder.

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  6. I agree wholeheartedly. I pledge I will go out of my way to say something nice to wonderful people who are in my path. I will also write something nice about these special people, too. Thanks for the idea, Kari. It is just like you to come up with something so inspiring. I will never forget, when I broke my ankle, you offered to come help me. I thanked you politely, knowing how far away you live, and you responded by saying, "I really mean it!" That meant so much to me.

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    1. Ah yes...but if I was really on the ball, I would have just shown up at your door anyway. Sadly, I missed out. I'm so glad you are healing and getting back to normal shoes and activities! yeah!

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