How Beautiful Things Are Built From Destruction
Melissa Camara Wilkins
By Melissa Camara Wilkins

I never liked that old saying, the one about finding beauty from ashes. I always thought it meant I had to see the ashes differently. I thought it meant we should look at destruction and ruin and all the things that have been flattened in our lives and find a way to call them beautiful. […]

The Incredible Healing Power of Celebration
Hillary Rector
By Hillary Rector

I love traditions. Pomp and circumstance and we-do-this-every-years of any kind are exactly my cup of tea, and I am as guilty as anyone of trying to fit about five years’ and fifteen families’ worth of such activity into twenty-five short days each December. In the same breath, I’m aware, like we all are, that […]

Why You Should Get Rid of Takers in Your Life
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller

My friend Ben, who is an accomplished photographer, told me a long time ago he got rid of the takers in his life. I’ve done the same, and it’s improved my life and relationships for the better. This is a harsh thing to talk about, because most of us think we are supposed to love and be accessible to everybody. But here’s the truth, if you were accessible to everybody, all the time, you’d be spent.