When you hear a rumor about a friend or colleague, do you assume the best or worst about them?
I believe it’s human nature to believe the worst, but could be swayed to believe the opposite.
Recently a rumor went through my family that placed me in a situation far from the truth. The person who spread the rumor needed me to fit their narrative.
The rumor stung but what hurt the most was the realization that people close to me chose to believe the rumor before speaking to me.
I want to fight the urge to believe the worst next time I hear a rumor about a friend. I will give them the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise.