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I Won’t Mention Any Names

laurel and hardyIs it still considered gossip if you don’t mention somebody’s name?  I mean, I could be talking about anybody, right?  It may not be the person you think that I am talking about.  In fact, t’s probably not the same person because what I describe could apply to so many people that it would be virtually impossible to know exactly who I was talking about.  Unless I tell you, which I’m not going to do.  In a world full of  sports, entertainment, politics, music and social media, we are bombarded with a dizzying array of personalities.   Not to mention every person we know or ever knew.  it’s impossible not to have thoughts…So I will share my thoughts about some people, but I won’t mention any names because i don’t want to gossip. I suppose I may be sinning in other ways but at least I will try not to gossip with some of these thoughts I will share: I won’t mention any names but these are some things that are bothering me:
I won’t mention any names…but I think he is the most self absorbed person I have ever seen
I won’t mention any names…but I think he is such a phony.
I won’t mention any names…but I think lying is second nature to her.
I won’t mention any names…but that guy is literally out of his mind…and dangerously so.
I won’t mention any names…but to me, she is a racist.
I won’t mention any names…but I really don’t think he is very talented.
I won’t mention any names…but they are not funny…Not even a little.
I won’t mention any names…but I don’t trust him as far as I could spit…and that is not very far.
I won’t mention any names…but behind that smile I think he is really a very sad, unhappy person.
I won’t mention any names…but, who cares what they think?
I won’t mention any names…but I think he does what he does because he is, at his core, an angry young man.
I won’t mention any names…but who do they think they are talking like that?
I won’t mention any names…but he is afraid of not being liked.
I won’t mention any names…but they deserve each other…and not in a good way.
I won’t mention any names…but they could use a little humble pie.
I won’t mention any names…but if I have to listen to her for the next four years…
I won’t mention any names…but I don’t get what people like about her.  I just don’t see it.
I won’t mention any names…but I find him to be hard to listen to…and to look at…and to be around.
I won’t mention any names…but I feel judged every time he opens his mouth.
I won’t mention any names…but if they would say something positive maybe people would listen to them.
I won’t mention any names…but I can see that things are never going to change.  Never.
I won’t mention any names…but when he opens his mouth I have a visceral reaction.
I won’t mention any names…but he made his bed, now he has to sleep in it.
I won’t mention any names…but she is chained to her past and it informs everything she does.  She is enslaved.  So sad.
I won’t mention any names…but she looks angry all the time.  And unhappy.  If she smiled her face would crack..
I won’t mention any names…but I think he is full of hot air.  He loves to hear himself speak…about nothing .
I won’t mention any names… but if they are not talking about themselves then they are not talking.  Or listening.
     So, I hope i didn’t gossip but I probably came pretty darn close.  It is a challenge to control all those thoughts running rampant in my head, judging, criticizing and condemning others.  It is hard to be so “perfect” and having to put up with all these annoying people and their annoying personalities.  Sadly…and soberingly, I can see some part of myself in just about all those people I tried not to gossip about.  And I can only imagine what some people think about me.  Perhaps, the name I don’t want to mention is my own.
1″Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.  (Matthew 7:1 – 5)
What do you think?
How does this make you feel?
Shalom,
Steven