The Art of Unlearning: How Do We Know What’s False?

In his book Walden, Henry David Thoreau writes, “Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.” Considering that I love this season’s off-the-shoulder tops and chokers as much as I now cringe to think of the overalls and bucket hats I embraced in the ‘90s, I’d consider this statement true.

Fashion aside, however, I also believe Thoreau’s words are applicable to culture at large. How simple it is, for example, to laugh at the old, outdated thinking of our parents while being swept up in our own generation’s new, “enlightened” ideas. In light of the never-ending stream of persuasive PSAs and subtle advertisements we see in the media, it’s not hard to imagine our culture is more progressive and forward-thinking than ever.

Yet, as the old adage goes, “there is nothing new under the sun.” Continue reading

Why Does Fashion Matter?
It’s what’s on the inside that counts, right ladies? I would imagine we all heard this message growing up, and who would argue with it? After all, it seems obvious that our inner character and heart are of more worth than our external appearance.

But is what’s on the inside all that counts? What about the clothing we wear? Is it just superficial and consumeristic? Continue reading

How Do We Know Who We Ought To Be?

To err is human. We’ve all doubtless heard this phrase before, but in spite of its truth, who among us doesn’t still cling to a desire to achieve perfection, to become the people we were created to be? We all have dreams of becoming the best, truest version of ourselves; we want to be as kind, as generous, or as compassionate as possible, and we want to manifest such qualities in a manner that’s reflective of our distinct selves. Continue reading

Welcoming a Season of Change
There is a time and a place for all things, and nowhere is this clearer than in the changing of the seasons. The earth’s seasons are natural, designated times of change, and provide us with fresh surroundings, hopes and inspiration. With each transition, we’re able to experience the earth’s gifts and wonders anew, and in turn, to see ourselves in light of these new changes. Continue reading

Happy Labor Day!

Ruthie Lindsey
Happy Labor Day!

For many Americans, the first Monday of September marks the end of summer, the start of school, and a much-anticipated day away from the office. It’s a designated time of rest and relaxation, filled with weekend road trips, neighborhood barbecues, and countless shopping sales. Yet beyond these, Labor Day has a deeper significance and history, which when understood, can add a new dimension to our celebrations. Continue reading

To Know Thyself
In our current culture, both personal branding and promotion have never been easier. With social media, for example, we’re able to invent and reinvent ourselves on a constant basis and, in a sense, create the ideal version of who we want to be. We’re able to control what we project and also to whom.

With so much emphasis given on showing ourselves though, it can be difficult to focus on truly knowing ourselves. Distractions abound in all aspects of our lives, and it takes continual effort to bring our attention back to self-introspection, which is crucial for discerning who we are in light of who we want to be. Continue reading

The Beauty of Silence
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls. The more we receive in silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life.

Mother Teresa

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