Gossip Kills

Wow, this last week or two has been a rollercoaster of emotions. Mostly downs. Very long way downs. With a few high-anxiety moments.

I won’t go into a blathering ramble about it all, cos I’d really like to focus on one aspect; quite possibly the one that has caused the most anxiety-provoking moments, and deeply furstrating and sad points as well.

One that has the potential to harm, seriously wound and damage almost irreparably/

It has the potential to KILL.

Yes, as in to put an end to life kind of kill. Whether maliciously and deliberately, or ignorantly and accidentally. Or anywhere in between.

First up, it was my being advised that a well known organisation who support sufferers of postnatal depression (and, I might add, a brillian organisation) have not just considered, but have told others, that I “focus on the negative aspects of PND”

I’m sure there’s no need to explain how damaging that can be for my business. Especially as this particular organisation were well advised of my intentions with Real Mums / Bad Mother’s Club and what they stood for. Mostly because I was in close contact with, and good friends of a member of the organisation. She knew just about everything.

Mostly, it killed just a little piece of me. That someone could say something so maliciously, knowing exactly what I’d been through and what my intentios were. You can’t help

3 Replies to “Gossip Kills”

  1. Hate gossip. Try to not do it. Sometimes I do and inevitably it comes back to bite me on the bum. Sometimes it seems easier to not try to help people, to not be concerned. Because someone will tell somewone what they thought I was doing.

    And in relation to your first point, what exactly are the positive aspects of PND? You provide an outlet for women at the end of their tether, you provide a forum where support can be found, where lives have been saved. Where it’s OK to talk about the bad stuff. PND is not positive. Helping women who have it, is.

  2. Pretty flabbergasted by this, but at the same time, it’s the same ol’ same ol’. People are a heady mix of good, evil and just damn dumb.

    I think you cop the first lot of stupid reporting because you’re sticking your neck out, putting yourself out there and DOING something. When you try to DO something, you’ll always irritate people who have an agenda you’re threatening (or rather, that they perceive you’re threatening), and you get the Evil forces in this world mad. Personally I believe in God and devil. This is my worldview and you can reinterpret it your way. (Or delete my comment :)) But… You’re doing stuff God wants to happen, Amanda: helping people. There are forces that resist it, so take it as a compliment. 🙂

    As for the second thing, I reckon your definition of what IS and ISN’T gossip is spot on. Just remember as the song says, “The world is full of stupid people”. I just wish the consequences of stupidity weren’t always so grave.

    Keep on keeping on.

  3. Fab post. Love the way you put this stuff out there. Gossip is not ok.
    I hope you are taking care of yourself amidst all the hoo haa flying around xx

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