woman repeated a bit of gossip about a neighbor. Within a few days
the whole community knew the story. The person it concerned was
deeply hurt and offended. Later, the woman responsible for spreading
the rumor learned that it was completely untrue. She was very sorry
and went to a wise old sage to find out what she could do to repair
to the marketplace," he said, "and purchase a chicken, and
have it killed. Then on your way home, pluck its feathers and drop
them one by one along the road." Although surprised by this
advice, the woman did what she was told.
next day the wise man said, "Now, go and collect all those
feathers you dropped yesterday and bring them back to me."
woman followed the same road, but to her dismay the wind had blown
all the feathers away. After searching for hours, she returned with
only three in her hand.
see," said the old sage, "it's easy to drop them, but it
is impossible to get them back. So it is with gossip. It doesn't
take much to spread a rumor, but once you do you can never
completely undo the wrong."