I make an effort to be a positive person. I am drawn to people and information so I can learn. I am also no stranger to people talking about me. Gossip, however, is something I cannot get used to. I am a subject of gossip right now, by someone I thought was a good friend. I pondered why this person wants to distress me, break confidence in our friendship, and allow others to disconnect with me. The truth is, gossip is painful. Spreading private information or negative judgments is a hurtful act.