I don't always read Pam's blog, but one day I felt compelled to read it. That day, she happened to post the results from a quiz that she had taken, about whether or not people like her, and why they do, and why they don't. She said her results were pretty accurate. So, I went to the site, and took the quiz. I was a bit confused, because it said that people definately like me, but then under why people don't like me, it said that I often bore others and myself. Wha..HEY! I strongly disagree with that, you stupid quiz! But, I have to admit, the next one - that I am too judgemental and overly opinionated - well, yea, that is right on. But, the next one really made me think - that I gossip too much and people wonder if I am gossiping about them. Um, ouch. As much as I hate to admit it, I do gossip. When I'm with X, I talk negatively about our mutual friend Y. I will say that I don't always start the gossiping, but if someone else starts it, I seem to jump right in.
I'm not the biggest gossip, and I'm not even sure that people would say that about me, but I do it, and it bothers me that I do it. I know that people are also gossiping about me. I could probably even tell you what they are saying. Most women are gossips. Have you ever been to a party with all women? Do you want to know why women always go to the bathroom in groups? It is because we KNOW that when someone leaves the room, that the other women WILL be talking about us. If we take others, hopefully they will be even more annoying than we are, and everyone will discuss them.
Jim and I had a date today. When we were able to actually sit down and have an uninterrupted conversation, I brought up the gossip thing. I asked Jim, "Is there anyone that I haven't said something negative about at some point?" After thinking about it, (a loooong time), he thought of one person. I thought of another one. "Wow, so there are only 2 people that are safe from my negative gossip?!" (All my friends and family are now saying "Geez, I hope I'm one of the 2! - By the way, I will never tell who those 2 are, so don't even ask. Just assume it is you. Okay?)
Somewhere, at some point in the past, I saw people conducting an experiment. They put these bracelets on their left wrist. The goal was to go 7 days without making a negative comment. If they did, they had to switch the bracelet to their right wrist, and start all over. They had to keep switching the bracelet, and couldn't take it off until they finally went 7 whole days without a negative comment. We all know people who would probably die with that dang bracelet still on their wrist, don't we? So, my idea is this... I'm going to wear a bracelet for 7 days, or 243 days, or however long it takes, (please, God, let it only be 7 days since I am actually telling everyone this idea, like an idiot), without gossiping about anyone. But first, did you hear about Burgh Baby's Mom, Sparx, Elsie, Jck, and Kellan?