Would it be okay to talk about how I survived a community smear campaign through prayers, faith, persevering, staying true to myself, breaking the ice with a few of those close to the originator of the smear campaign, and patiently waiting for reconciling with the source without bad mouthing those who spoke ill of me nor retaliated against those who tried to provoke me? I didn't speak bad about anyone. I believe that this would show my empathy in understanding others actions and motivations and not taking anything personal.
However, the risk I see with this is the concern as to why I was slandered in the first place. And that was due to stoic / neutral communication on my end which was likely misinterpreted on the other end. So it just goes to show to be more empathetic and the importance of overcommunicating to avoid misunderstandings and to strive to the utmost to make sure everyone and everything is clear. Stated that way, I believe that makes a great lesson learned.
Thank you in advanced for your feedbacks!