#TBT February 2, 2023 On The Turning Away

“Just a world that we all must share.
It’s not enough just to stand and stare.
Is it only a dream that there’ll be,
No more turning away?”


It has been  minute…

The Kindness Club is a small group, but growing! For those new to the group, I thought I would introduce myself and provide a little background. My name is Christopher Carlson and I created The Kindness Club group from my blog, StreetLights.

I first began writing and posting under the StreetLights banner in 2018. Prior to that, I shared stories on my personal Facebook page.

Several writing sources for this new Facebook page of mine converged in December of 2017. Coincidentally, I was suffering major depression and sick all the time. This was what could have easily been the end for me. I almost lost my family and my life.


My favorite subject is hope. And hope is what saved me in the coldest, darkest winter of my soul. That, and the kindness of strangers.

I started driving Uber to supplement our income after making a major career move that failed miserably.  In August of 2017, I began driving full-time.

I immediately embraced the work and became truly inspired by some of the people I met. My last trip was March 18, 2020 as Covid had begun. After over 6,200 rides, throw in another 100, or so, Uber Eats trips, I can honestly say the number of really bad experiences was countable with my 2 hands and I had 1 finger to spare. Or maybe I should spare the thumb? OK, 9. It was 9 times. 9 trips out of 6300 really really sucked. Hey 1 trip out of every 700 trips is awesome! And they make for great stories of respect, safety, and the truthiness that some people, ain’t actually human.

I was diagnosed with Clinical Depression in that cold December of 2017. In fact, December 5 was my day of clarity, my miracle, (Also my rock bottom a bit earlier in the day.) I don’t want to drag on about my disease. Again, just providing a little background.

Driving became my therapy. Being an Uber/Lyft driver connected me to thousands of people and stories, short snap-shots into their lives.

I knew I had to begin writing and sharing these experiences. And because my interactions with so many people, with so many life perspectives were also a saving grace for my own life journey, I felt called to share my personal struggle with depression and recovery.

So let’s see… Oh yeah! Inspired by this new supercharged connection to my fellow humans, and as I surveyed the recently uncovered lifelong patterns of depression and destruction, life all of the sudden shifted at the tectonic level.

I started to figure out the purpose, the why am I like this,  the wtf aspects of my life and finally realized what path I needed to be on.

There is joy in depression. We shine our lights back to help others get through. Someone shined a light for me. That’s just the way it works. Helping=joy. Kindness=joy.

All things through kindness! All things!

So it only made sense to create a place that is by design and by rule, about kindness. Let’s throw in love, respect, a safe place, a NON-judgy Mcjudgerson dominated, NON-opinion blasting, online equivalent to at least 1 ring of hell, place.

WHEW! You lost me after #TBT,  bro.

So here is the message and the #TBT song for today, Thursday, February 2, 2023.

In order to succeed on your journey, our journey, our path, our purpose, and our hearts must be dedicated to love and kindness.
If you ever wonder what your purpose is, look around you. Listen. You are connected to everything and everyone. You are the bloom.

PURPOSE is not a profession. Purpose is not static. Each and everyone of us has a purpose, a billion purposes!

Each other. Our purpose is each other and Mother Earth (and all life in the universe, if you want to get all existential).

Every living thing on this planet and beyond. That’s a pretty frickin’ awesome purpose.

We overcomplicate, well, EVERYTHING!

We worry and consider, which is good but not without a decision point.

We create way, way too many expectations.

We get caught up in arguments and divisions.

We totally screw up other people and our environment.

We continually fail to act, work, live, and humbly serve each other with PURPOSEFUL kindness.

This is important! This next part is really important! Like breaking news important! Like history making important. Like Oprah Important!

We are all connected.

That is how it is. That was the plan. We are individuals but also part of humanity, and part of all living beings. So it’s really that simple. If you want the sense of purpose and the joy in knowing that purpose, don’t search within yourself. Your purposes are always all around you.

Fair warning: When you begin living your life in the now and with kindness as your oxygen, you will feel great joy, hope (Yay, hope! It’s my favorite!), and peace.

But with a strong connection comes emotion, fear, anger, sorrow. Some is yours. Some are the burdens of others that affect you too.

So when you are leading your actions, words, and decisions with kindness, or rather, through the kindness filter (Probably an app for that) you will find life more challenging, but so, so much more fulfilling.

We need you. The world needs you. Your presence, your kindness creates a ripple effect. The world needs the ripple that joins other ripples to make a wave, which can build to a tsunami of love and kindness. Heck, yes! Make kindness goals and action plans.

Share stories of kindness. Post the pic of the dog and cat hugging. Be supportive and uplifting. Everyone in this Kindness Club needs and deserves lots of those hug and care emojis, lots of hearts, all different colors! A kind word or two…

So, welcome new Kindness Warriors.

Get up! Get out! Go spread kindness and change the world!

Be love. Be kind. We are all connected.

Life is better with a soundtrack.

From their 1987 album, A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, this week’s #TBT song is On The Turning Away, by Pink Floyd.

The lyrics resonated with me. We all turn away. It is going to take an effort to rid ourselves of the familiarity and tolerance of unnecessary suffering. We can, one act of kindness at a time.

“On the turning away
From the pale and downtrodden
And the words they say
Which we won’t understand

Don’t accept that what’s happening
Is just a case of others’ suffering
Or you’ll find that you’re joining in
The turning away

It’s a sin that somehow
Light is changing to shadow
And casting its shroud
Over all we have known

Unaware how the ranks have grown
Driven on by a heart of stone
We could find that we’re all alone
In the dream of the proud

On the wings of the night
As the daytime is stirring
Where the speechless unite in a silent accord

Using words, you will find, are strange
Mesmerised as they light the flame
Feel the new wind of change
On the wings of the night

No more turning away
From the weak and the weary
No more turning away
From the coldness inside

Just a world that we all must share
It’s not enough just to stand and stare
Is it only a dream that there’ll be
No more turning away?”

#kindness #purposefulkindness #drivingawaydepression #WhatAWonderfulWorld #hope #peace #joy #love #streetlights #grace #TheKindnessClub #lifeisbetterwithasoundtrack #weareallconnected #findingjoy

2 thoughts on “#TBT February 2, 2023 On The Turning Away”

  1. Love your new post but you need to clean up the first part sweetie. The share and stare and bend. But a great post. A wonderful post. A bit repetitive in couple places. I only see it because I’m working on my brevity. My attempt at go fund me is one long mess. Will talk later bout it. Love you!

    “Just a world that we all must shareIt’s not enough just to stand and stareIs it only a dream that there’ll beNo more turning away?” Friends, It has been


  2. I didn’t mean bend. I meant beNo needs fixin.

    “Just a world that we all must shareIt’s not enough just to stand and stareIs it only a dream that there’ll beNo more turning away?” Friends, It has been


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