Did you read about the Ashley Madison website scandal? Yikes! Social media strips away our privacy and complicates our lives by broadcasting our indiscretions, mistakes, and bad behaviors to anyone who cares to look and see. Relationship repair is much harder when everyone knows what’s been happening behind our closed doors. It’s worth considering what we do on the internet, and how we share information about others and ourselves. How do we participate in protecting our flocks, and at the same time not contributing negative energy to the rumor mills? Here are a few things to consider:
- Ask yourself, is what I am about to share with this person going to improve our relationship? Is it about making me look better than the person I’m talking about?
- Notice how often you judge others. How we judge is how others judge us. Is there another way of looking at the situation? We often don’t have all the facts. We jump to conclusions and fill in the blanks. Pause and ask yourself if you have all the facts. You probably do not.
- When it comes to protecting our flock, don’t partake in malicious talk. Remove yourself from the situation, or change the subject. Refer to Ben Romero’s book, The Fine Art of Gossip, for more tips on sharing information in positive ways.
Happy trails to you and yours,
Trailtalk’s Park City team