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!).
“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!;)
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