Thursday, June 28, 2012
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.