"But how can I do this? Even the mildest of winds will have scattered the feathers, making it impossible for me to recover every one." The response rings harsh in your ears, "Exactly.
And reclaiming the gossip you have shared would be just as easy." Words are very difficult to retract, but sometimes we must humble ourselves enough, recognizing error or a falsehood that has been shared, hoping for the impossible, regret hangs heavy.
Each day, we can find ourselves in a position where littering would be easy and also may make us look better in the eyes of a potential or current client, a superstar candidate, a business partner, friend or spouse. How we deal with and dispense the litter determines our character. I did a little research and interestingly enough, the only two things that can be released (aka "littered") on a California freeway that will not
lead to a violation or arrest are water and feathers. Seriously, it's true.
Water and feathers.
So, when facing a moment of weakness, where degrading someone else might make you feel better or strengthen your case as the best service provider
Instead of pointing to someone else's weakness, deliver on your strengths. Prove your worthiness by knowing and meeting the needs of the client/candidate. The tarnish on someone else is no match for your own shine.
Additionally, should you be the one to whom gossip or harsh words are directed, remember a California highway and the "allowable litter." Water and feathers.
Feathers are uniquely qualified to resist dirt and water damage. Like water off a duck's back.