Sadly this is true. When this happens to you, it cuts deep. How do you shield yourself from the unkind? First, never gossip. Second, spread kindness. Third, listen. Simply by avoiding gossip you save yourself from those with a mean spirit. If you want to run in the best circles, find those that laugh, smile and volunteer. Listening closely is the gift of validation. You will experience appreciation and love from those you closely listen to. Peace is found in the soul that has discovered a quiet place for their mind.