Can you keep a secret? When was the last time someone trusted you with something very personal that they didn’t want to get out? Did you keep it to yourself or did you tell someone else? We’ve all been on the receiving and giving end of secrets. No matter who you are, you have some kind of secret or personal issue that you don’t want the whole world to know. So who can we really trust? Almost no one. Right now you may be shaking your head at the screen and thinking I’m a negative person, but I’m really not. That is just the truth. Think about it. How many times have you been the victim of or heard about someone supposedly keeping a secret that leaked to their one best friend? Then that friend tells their best friend, and so on and so forth. It’s never a good thing to spread someone else’s business. But sometimes we have to sit back and ask ourselves how much ammunition we’ve given to others.
Are we being too free with information that we maybe should have kept to ourselves? Unfortunately I’ve had to learn this the hard way. There have been certain friends that I’ve mentioned things to and then I later hear about it. And everyone knows what happens when a story gets passed down. There’s a little twist each time it’s handed off. By the time it gets back to you, the whole scenario has changed. Am I saying that we should keep everything to ourselves and not vent to anyone? No, not at all. Most of us have at least one or two friends/family members who are trustworthy enough to stop the information when it gets to them. We would be much better off if we just tell that person and leave it at that. At the end of the day, it’s not worth the frustration and tarnished friendship. Sometimes those things that we say are “just between me and you” should really just be between us and God.
We all need a sounding board at times, but what we say now in the heat of the moment can really cost us later. Let’s all be careful of what we say and to whom we say it to. It may have an adverse effect that we didn’t plan for. Have you ever been guilty of spilling the beans of one of your friend’s secrets? Are you one to talk openly about issues you may be having or keep them to yourself? Is your business just between you and someone else or are more people in the loop than you think?