We all go through life telling stories. We talk about past experiences. We tell someone what we had for lunch. We recommend books, restaurants, colleges, and potential mates based upon what we know. We discuss our plans, hopes, and dreams for the future. We give advice.
If these stories are compelling enough, they get repeated. How many times in the past week have you said something like, “I know a guy who…” or “I just heard…” or “Mary told me…”
Yes, gossip can be included under this overarching umbrella of communication. We humans love to gossip and speculate and draw conclusions. We all do it. Heaven knows I’m not immune. Fortunately, that is only one way to tell a story. I hope most of us spend more time on the high road than on the many other ones.
Either way, this propensity for storytelling is why I can say with certainty that somebody is talking about you. Because talking about one another is just what we do.
I recently learned that a friend sometimes uses my blog posts to help her clients improve their English language skills. I know another person who reads portions of my book to her Alzheimer’s patients and then asks them to discuss similar experiences, to help spark their memories. Both of these things make me smile.
Trust me, you’re being talked about. One can only hope that most of the things that are said about you are good. It sure does make me want to improve my odds by living a virtuous life.