Friendship after college

Friendship can be hard with our different habits, distance, and how busy we all get. But if I’ve learned anything through trial and error, it’s that friendship is worth it. We need it. We were not created to be alone or isolated. We are made in the image of God, a communion of persons, to do life with other people. It’s easier said than done, but it’s something we know we need.

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Why I’m not boycotting Target

Potty talk isn’t generally acceptable in most social circles, but it’s been all the rage with Target’s recent statement of policy. This statement (which is not new) tells us that Target will “welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity”. So naturally, people are losing their ever-loving minds.

Nearly a million people have responded by vowing to boycott Target.

But I’m not one of them.

Let me tell you why.

Why I'm not boycotting Target by Laura at A Drop in the Ocean

First off, let’s chat about the big picture of these bathroom laws. Yes, I 100% disagree with Target’s policy. It’s playing a political game and siding with a liberal agenda. I don’t think we should have to think about politics or controversial issues when buying shoes or milk. This is corporate personhood taken WAY too far.

Additionally, we don’t have a grasp of what this new concept of “gender identity” means. The best I can understand it is a type of body or gender dysphoria (unease or dissatisfaction with the way things are) or dysmorphia (obsessive focus on a perceived flaw in appearance). It’s a problem to accept this as normal behavior. This is a very real struggle and we should be seeking ways to help people become the best version of the person they were born as – not run away from that person by becoming someone else.

There’s also the concern of safety. I don’t want men walking through bathrooms when I’m peeing. It’s bad enough when you make awkward eye contact through those gaping cracks in the stalls with another woman. Can I get an amen? This opens doors for creepers to have easier access to victims. However, I’ve seen people argue that we should be watching our kids already. And then there’s the point that criminals don’t really care about laws. So while this argument has merit, I think it’s hard to argue without statistics and facts to back it up. There are lots of stories, though, that we shouldn’t ignore.

Okay, but I’m still not boycotting them. Why?

  1. Boycotting is fairly ineffective. Imagine Target executives sitting around and discussing the issue. Do they care about a bunch of (what they think are) haters? Not really. Nope. A bunch of Christians whining isn’t going to make them cry. Unless you’ve got the whole country mad, boycotting just doesn’t work.
  2. This is not new. Target has been known to be a flaming liberal company for quite some time. Why do you care about them now?
  3. I don’t even shop there often, so boycotting wouldn’t take much of anything away. Maybe I’ll go someplace else if I can, but I barely shop at target to begin with.
  4. It reinforces the “ew” factor of Christians against people dealing with gender/LGBT issues. Instead of creating dialogue, it just confirms the liberal view that we just.can’t.even. when it comes to these issues. You know what? Yeah, it’s wrong to say you can change gender. God made us male and female for a reason. But reacting with this much of an ick factor isn’t doing much for our cause. Let’s talk about it and come up with a solution together.

But my biggest reason is that I want to be consistent in what I stand up for and support. If I’m going to boycott Target, guess who else I have to boycott? Pretty much everyone.

Walmart executives should probably pay some jail time for the number of people who’ve been hurt through their manipulation of suppliers to lower safety standards. Do you know that chocolate and cell phone batteries are usually made possible through the work of slave children? How do you feel about that? What about sweatshops in China?

If you dig deep enough, there’s going to be something morally objectionable that almost all companies support.

So when you claim that your conscience is offended by these bathroom laws, I get it. Mine is too. But your conscience should also be taken aback by other issues. It is wildly inconsistent to scream BOYCOTT to the bathrooms but silently enable slave owners. It’s so easy to whine on social media but not let these issues permeate our beings and radically change how we live.

The liberal agenda is dumb. I don’t feel super comfortable peeing in public anymore knowing anything could happen. But we’ve got to pull ourselves together and be logical. Don’t cave to the hysteria of tolerance. Don’t just throw your hands up and not care. There’s too much at stake.

But remember that there are real people involved, and people better darn well know us by our love. Sometimes life calls for tough love. It calls for courage to go against the tide. It calls for so much more than a boycott. It calls for a consistent ethic in who and what we support. So let’s examine who we give our business to and make sure that our money is always where our mouth is.

To Life,

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February Challenge Day 13: Favorite Quotes

Here are some of my favorite quotes of all time (some of which I’ve probably forgotten). You’ve probably seen them around here before, but have fun reading along!

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Great quote.

God doesn't want something from us. He simply wants us. - C.S. Lewis.

MLK

Booyah

What are some of your favorite quotes? Share them in the comments!

February Challenge Day 12: Bag Contents

Today’s lovely February Challenge post is brought to you courtesy of my backpack (since it’s pretty much the only bag I use currently).

What I thought of when writing “backpack” . . .

Here are some things in it:

Binders (today they were for Stats/Micro and Christian Moral Life)

Laptop

Charging cord for said laptop

Water bottle

My book of sanity

My planner

My prayer journals (adoration today)

The Light of Faith by Pope Francis

Rosary meditation book

Lots of assorted writing utensils

Post its (awesome sale last year!)

Keys

Wallet

Cell phone

Camera

Glasses

Chapstick (Burt’s Bees pomegranate to be exact)

Cough drops

Pro-Life drop cards

Aaaand that’s a wrap! What a thrilling bag, huh?

 

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Life takes a little umph

To finish off the blogging challenge, I’m sharing with you some inspirational/motivational photos to kick-start your week. Take the time to set your week off the a good start, and check off that to-do list. You know you can, and there’s only so much left of summer. See ya’ll later this week!

Faith <3

Haha

no matter what happens

Start.

Oh yeah!

Work on becoming that person you know you can be. Sure, it takes effort. But won’t it be worth it?

What are you living for?

“I know this now. Every man gives his life for what he believes. Every woman gives her life for what she believes. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing, and so they give their lives to that little or nothing. One life is all we have, and we live it as we believe in living it and then it’s gone. But to surrender who you are and to live without belief is more terrible than dying – even more terrible than dying young.”

~ St. Joan of Arc (aka. a beast)

There’s a story about Abraham Lincoln where he called on an excellent soldier during the Civil War. He wanted the soldier to deliver a message to a different battalion, which was a very important mission. Lincoln wanted to attack using both battalions, and needed to communicate this quickly to the others. When he arrived, the soldier said “I am willing to die for our cause.” To which Lincoln replied “I have twenty-five thousand men who are willing to die for the cause. What I need is one who is willing to live for it.”

In this day and age it’s unlikely to be martyred for your faith or die in a battlefield (for those of us in the West at least), but I’ve been introduced to this concept: Instead, we are faced with the challenge to live our faith.

In Rediscovering Catholicism, Matthew Kelly wrote “[Y]ou and I, here in America, in Australia, and in the United Kingdom, are not called to die for our faith. We are called to live for it. The modern Church desperately needs men and women who are willing to live for the faith.

Doesn’t that make so much sense?!?!?! You’ve probably heard that we’re supposed to live as the light and salt of the world. And it’s true. The authentic Catholic life is something special and beautiful and attractive simply because it is so different from our modern society. So take some time today to think about that.

Are you shining the light of the Catholic faith on the world?

Do you live your life in such a way that people witness the beauty of Catholicism through you?

This is our job. Let’s work together to live for and give our lives, while we still can, to something bigger than us.

What do you choose to give your life to?

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Dear Long-Lost Readers

Dear my lovely readers,

It’s been too long. When I vowed to post every Monday and Thursday, I knew I would eventually forget or not have time to follow through on that promise. Needless to say, I need to work on making more realistic commitments 🙂

Instead of blogging, I have been spending time in class, completing homework, getting mad at Obama, voting, working, and participating in various activities on my college campus. Life has been wonderful, and I love taking a step back from technology every once in a while. We’ve been having sunshine and chilly weather. I have been exercising too, which makes me an happier person overall.

I’m planning to get back to blogging, so please continue to check back here! My posts may not all be as long as I like all the time, but I will work on getting more out to you [and keeping you updated on what I’m up to!].

As we get ready to vote in our next president, watch this YouTube video I made with a few friends of mine today.

On another note, I have been loving listening to some fabulous songs I will put together in a post for you. When there is so much junk out there, songs are beautiful escapes. Look for that post, and welcome back to my blog! Hope to see you around!

For the Dignity of All,

Musical Monday – Today is the Day

Musical Monday
Today is the Day
By Lincoln Brewster

Just a little bit of inspiration for the day…rejoice in today, and be glad! Don’t worry about tomorrow, becasue it is up to God. Reminds me of the quote – “Yesterday is History, Tomorrow a Mystery, Today is a Gift, That’s why it’s called the Present” Think about it!