Last week a friend of mine and I talked about another friend. She later felt that she had engaged in gossip, which of course, pulled me into the question, “Did I engage in gossip?”
Here’s what I came up with. I shared a personal experience about an interaction between me and that friend. It seems to me that if you are sharing your own stories, that’s not gossip, it’s personal perspective. It’s when you share the stories of other people that it becomes something else.
What do you think? Are stories of personal experience gossip? What is gossip anyway? I don’t mean what is the definition that you find in text books and business books and on the web. What does the word mean to you? Is it always negative?