don't do it.
answer not a fool according to his folly,
lest you be like him yourself.
spurgeon's practical wisdom, one of my favorite books,
has a most useful chapter on minding your own business.
i'll share the last paragraph with you:
"if folks meddle with our business it is best to take no notice of them;
there's no putting them out like letting them stop where they are.
they are never so offended as when people neither offend them or take offense at them.
you might as soon stop all the frogs from croaking
as quiet idle gossips when they once get on the chat.
stuff your ear with wool and let them jabber until their tongue lies still,
because they have worn all the skin off of it.
'where no wood is, the fire goeth out', and if you don't answer them,
they can't make a blaze for want of fuel.
treat them kindly, but don't give them the treat of quarrelling with them.
follow peace with all men, even if you cannot overtake it."
i am letting gossip stop with me, and encourage you to do the same! xo