He Wouldn’t Hurt a Fly

He Wouldn’t Hurt a Fly

By Good Gossip | Chana Nestlebaum No Comments
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  • May 25, 2018

When you say that about someone, you imply something further: that he wouldn’t hurt anyone at all. Likewise, someone who avoids hurting people with words also avoids hurting them in other ways. Aryeh became the manager of his company’s marketing division. He was well aware that the staff was highly competitive, often discrediting others in the hopes of building themselves up. Gossip and insults abounded.
He also knew that there was dishonesty: false expense reports, inaccurate work hours, time wasted on personal emails and texts.
He called a meeting. “As the new manager, there’s one small change I want to make,” he told the staff. “Every person here has to email me one good thing about a co-worker every day.”
There was a lot of grumbling, but Aryeh had a force of personality that let everyone know he was serious. Within weeks, the staff became not only warmer and kinder, but honest, too. Why?
The compassion developed through Shmiras Haloshon extends to all other personal interactions as well. If you won’t even say a negative word about a co-worker, you certainly won’t steal from the boss. In this way, positive speech breeds a life of mitzvos.

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