I’m wondering….what is the price of gossip?
Yesterday, I stopped at a deli/cafe/luncheonette: not sure how to describe the place except it is homey with excellent food. My husband and myself found ourselves able to have a good cup of coffee and a meal together…priceless. I was there when the owner of the “cafe” bought a flat screen television for the wall and remember his excitement.
So on this stolen morning I walk in and see Angelina Jolie as big as life on the Today Show. Now of course, my husband knowing that I admire Ms. Jolie, walked over to the television to turn up the volume because it was a busy day there at the cafe.
A group of women were meeting for breakfast, one turned, watching me watching the screen…and said…”she actually looks more human.”
Ok, um, I think I get that, she is larger than life, smeared on tabloids, photographed at angles and in light that normally make her appear to be….a space alien?
Regardless, I strained to watch and listened and learned, that yes, after my long day, I could maybe make it home in time to see the Dateline episode. And I did, it began at ten Eastern time and my family was a bit loud, but I crept closer to our not flat tv screen……………..
You see, I admire Ms. Jolie on a few fronts:
1. she’s honest
2. she tells it like it is
3. she either tells us or doesn’t everything
4. she’s a humanitarian.
Big word: humanitarian.
Maybe she is smeared and smashed across God knows how many fronts for the sole purpose of the media/magazines making money…but there are a few things you cannot take from her…she does not need to adopt children or birth children to get better movie ratings…she does not need to endanger herself and spend her money on strangers for better ratings….she is not an unfit mother because she cares about others and dares to do something about it…
I’m sorry, I got carried away.
My point is simply, she sends a good message to younger girls and women. You made a mistake? You experimented? You weren’t sure who you were at 16 and did things that at 30 you regret or don’t want anyone to find out about?
Why live with that?
Why live with the fear of shame and judgment? It simply inhibits growth.
Gossip kills, if not literally, then a piece at a time, until the light within all of us is extinguished.
See further resources, ask yourself, if you had untold millions, what would you do?