Always take the high road. Better things will come your way. Naw f that. You don't need to respect terrible people. Be civil & polite because that's who YOU are, but remove yourself from their toxicity.
When someone gossips about you, it's possible that they have some resentment towards you but do not have the courage to confront you face to face on the matter. It is also possible that the person is jealous. :) It's never a bad reflection on you ever!
The first rule of taking the high road is not telling people you’re taking the high road. Especially when you only declare that you're taking the high road, but then immediately abandon the idea, with shitty behavior, lol.
Always take the high road. You may be stepped on, crushed and even heart broken but at least you can look yourself in the mirror everyday and say I did the right thing, and I'm not going hate myself for it.