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The power of pink

Whenever I ask my friend Dean how he is, he always answers, “In the pink, in the pink.” meaning he’s in good spirits. In “color psychology” pink is a sign of hope. It inspires warm and comforting feelings, a sense that everything will be okay, as in ‘everything’s rosy.’

The color Pink is feminine and romantic, affectionate and intimate, thoughtful and caring. It tones down the physical passion of red replacing it with a gentle loving energy of uncomplicated emotions and naïveté. Pink can remind you of earlier childhood memories, associated with nurturing and comfort from your mother.

Pink reassures our emotional energies, alleviating feelings of anger. Pink calms aggression, resentment, abandonment and neglect. Undoubtedly this was the reason pink was chosen for the ‘Pink Pussy’ hats women all over the world wore on Saturday, 1-21-2017, for the Women’s March.” However, studies have confirmed that exposure to Pink for too long can have the opposite effect, as how a flood of marchers wearing pink hats might irritate the more conservative political party.

Try this: take a few moments and feel the color pink in your life. Let images you associate with the color pink to surface. Jot them down as they come to you. At this point don’t sort them into those that are important as opposed to some you may thing aren’t worth writing about. Likely you haven’t spent enough time with the image to discern its value—or the whole story. You have discovered only a little pink something, like a portion of a shell in beach sand. You must dig it out to look at the whole thing before you can make an assessment of its value. Once a recognizable portion is revealed, you can name it, evaluate it and see where it leads.

Delores Kelso Nelson is a Memoir Writing Instructor at  She lives on Olympia’s southwest side and she sometimes wears a pussyhat.           


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