Tuesday, 12 March 2019

WALK IN DRY PLACES #essentialsofrecovery


POPULAR GOSSIP

Higher Thinking

The newsstands are full of publications that seem to delight in exposing the sins and foibles of celebrities and prominent officials. Think of the excitement that’s been generated just over the sexual misadventures of important people running for public office.

While some of these disclosures may be true, we don’t help ourselves by reveling in them or reading them. We may even harm ourselves if we get secret enjoyment over the fall of a celebrity. It’s never beneficial to find ourselves thinking, “It serves him right!”

Reading such trash, even in the daily news-papers, is a form of gossip. We can use our time in better ways if we wish to enhance our sobriety.

If this sounds a little too stringent, we should remind ourselves that growth in sobriety calls for better management of our thinking and attitudes. Nobody ever got drunk simply because he or she read gossipy trash. But neither did that person make progress over the general problem of gossip.

I’ll have no interest in the weaknesses or short-comings of those who might be in the news. Popular gossip can be just as harmful as personal gossip.

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