Go in Pink

Kindness. It’s so simple, so easy to show and give, and goes such a very long way in encouraging others. And yet, in this vast, mobile-social world in which we daily interact, kindness is so very rarely seen. This is not a social media bashing – there are many wonderful things I love about social media: how it connects you with people you most likely would never have met, how it can give you a major leg-up, if you’re building a brand, and how it can lend unending inspiration, to name just a few. But I’ve also seen how it perpetuates self-centeredness of profound proportions – a self-obsession, which seems tethered to an unnatural obsession with self-ish numbers. How many likes did I get? Did you see how many followers I got today? Spending (wasting) time trying to figure out why this photo/video did better than a different one are actual topics of conversation – topics of actual thought!! It literally sickens me to hear and see this. This does not, and should not, matter in life – this real, purposeful, precious, breathing life – right?? I’ve also seen how this mobile, social medium has built a cushiony wall of semi-anonymity, which has bred snark and mean-spiritedness of the ugliest kind. I don’t know if it stems from some sort of inferiority epidemic, or if it’s even more basic than that – no care or thought of manners, in general. The sole reason for etiquette, by the way, is not general politeness, but is to make those around you feel comfortable. So, you could say that being well-mannered is putting someone else’s feelings ahead of your own, which is the complete opposite of self-centeredness. Politeness is a form of kindness, really. Not many people (disappointingly, grown, adult people) are choosing selfless kindness…. But boy, when they do, it Stands Out. It makes a statement, and lifts the spirit, I tell ya! Brava to those of you that consistently choose to do this. I genuinely applaud you – you are not unnoticed.

So, while you’re busy choosing kindness today, choose some pink, too, while you’re at it!;) Seriously, if kindness were a color, I think it would be soft pink, don’t you? My kindly top has sadly sold out, but I shopped an even better one for you, below (it has long sleeves!).

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“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32

Bless you, and go in pink!;)

xx -Carrie

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  1. Joy

    October 13, 2016 - 8:26 pm

    Love this! I couldn’t agree more! I’m so tired of cynicism and craving more kindness. About the numbers issue: it’s tough because even when I ignore the numbers, I feel like I’m forced to pay attention. When I was trying to get my writing published a decade ago, the writing alone was judged. Now every time I submit to a plication, I’m asked how many followers and subscribers I have on my various social media. It’s very frustrating. But I love this post, and your outfit! Thanks! :-)

    • Carrie

      October 15, 2016 - 2:42 pm

      That makes my heart squeeze…. So much emphasis and value put on popularity vs quality! I know it’s a very real, sad “reality” we live in now (with so many job professions), and it’s so very easy to get caught up in it, because we’re kind of conditioned to, in a way. But the Real Reality is that we are Not a number, and our value is not in silly likes, or number of followers. We are treasured, beloved, and our unique worth is unmatched in Him. Thank you for taking the time to write! Blessings, -Carrie

  2. Janilyn

    October 13, 2016 - 8:38 pm

    Love, love, love your thoughts today!! You go girl! I’m so happy to see someone talk about kindness–an important Christian character! Brava!! Thank you!

    • Carrie

      October 15, 2016 - 2:27 pm

      It really is, and lifts my spirit every time I see it. It’s a beautiful thing to behold, and only magnifies the surrounding ugliness with its lovely Light. Thank you so much for your encouragement! :) xx -Carrie

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