False Fiction Friday

Once upon a time, some really stupid things were consumed by a group of several people, which led to some really stupid behavior. One friend thought her other friend should know about a scene that occurred behind closed doors between two other individuals, only one of whom can recall said incident in anything but blurry blackout memories. She thought her friend had been betrayed. This friend thinks that was making a bit of a mountain out of a molehill, but she still appreciates the intention and the loyalty.

As a true friend, you sometimes have to decide how much information your friends really need. A ‘need-to-know’ basis, I think they call it. Critical thinking is a valuable skill. If the information in question will be irrelevant in five weeks, five months, five years, and the person you’re thinking of telling cannot truly be harmed by what they do not know, you probably don’t need to tell them. Especially if you could just take up the issue with the people involved in said scene. Instead, sometimes, you end up with months of drama, hurt feelings, and changed opinions of people that can probably never be restored to their original conditions of trust. That is unfortunate for all concerned.

Let us have the grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things that should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.


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