Have you ever experienced “friendvy”, the portmanteau of “friend” and “envy” as a way to epitomize the jealousy one feels regarding the haves of a friend versus your have nots. This can emotional, material, or stretching to the absurd such as the amount of Facebook “likes” someone has amassed. But what about when someone pulls out the latest & greatest Apple phone, and you’re left clutching what is in comparison archaic technology?
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In the inaugural installment in our series Catholic FTW, Spirit Juice team member Melinda lays out a personal confession: despite all of her good efforts, years of practice, and good intentions, she is chronically late for mass. Follow along with the series to hear more thoughts, observations, and reflections of related to being a Catholic in everyday life.
Most consumers purchasing athletic clothes aren’t exercising in them at all; they are taking part in a fashion trend often called “athleisure”, because the aforementioned athletic clothes are often worn by people who aren’t working out. For instance, the Wall Street Journal found that sales of yoga apparel grew approximately 45% in 2013, but yoga participation that same year only grew 4.5%. In many social circles, it has already become the norm to wear athleisure clothes in everyday situations, and one could an analogous connection between a half-hearted spiritual life and the symbolic nature of portraying one’s self as active. Projection versus reality, passive facade versus beneficial behavior.
It’s unbecoming to be unkind to anyone, but it’s especially terrible to see the elderly pushed aside. After all, these folks have life experiences that we should listen to and learn from. Remember that being gracious to everyone, regardless of their age, shows your true character. Ignoring those who have been around much longer than us shows a lack of manners on our part. Throughout many people’s childhood and teen years, they hear the phrase, “respect your elders,” over and over, until it becomes indelibly etched on their brains. You may assume that everyone hears the same thing from his or her parents and grandparents, but apparently not. Watch as Melinda relates an observation of such a moment.