Gossip can cause pain to many people

Published 12:09 am Saturday, September 20, 2008

This letter is to all who love to gossip. Gossip is one of the oldest and most common means of spreading views and facts. But it also has the reputation for the introduction of errors. I don’t think any one of us truly realizes the devastating damage that can be caused from gossip, rumors and lies. It could lead to the loss of self-esteem, broken heart and could possibly even result in a person taking their own life, to keep their kids and family from being hurt.

To those of you, who would like to spread your gossip, rumors and half stories, you go right on and do that because my true friends that know me and know what I stand for, and how much my two kids mean to me, they know the truth. For anyone who would like to ask me and find out the truth, I am sure most of you have my number.

I am not saying I have never gossiped before, but now I see the results of it, and I would like to apologize to those I have previously gossiped about, because it can truly hurt your heart so bad. So please, to any one out there that I have ever said anything wrong about, I am sorry. God has showed me something. I am so glad he has, because I would hate to know that I drove someone to do something so bad as taking their own life, so their kids could be protected from people saying hurtful things and spreading lies about their mother our family member.

So, to end this letter, I would like to say to all of you that have gossiped about me and my family, if you were trying to break us, you did not succeed. You made us stronger, because now we are looking toward the one that knows the truth and can help us through all this, which is God. So thank you all for helping me and my family get back to where we needed to be, which was with God. And to all that have been gossiped about, remember the ones gossiping have nothing better to do than to try and break someone down, but be stronger than that and stand up with your head held high. Walk straight through them and smile and say, “God loves you and so do I.”

Tonya Williams