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School is in Session

Welcome. My name is danae. I am not the teacher. I’m a student. A student of life.


What is a student of life, you ask? In a nutshell, I quote Thoreau’s apt words: “I wished to live deliberately… I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.”

The focus of this blog has been primarily spiritual since its inception three years ago. But being a student of life necessitates a more holistic approach, as I’m learning lately. [More on my definition of holistic living tomorrow.]

A lot has changed in my life over the last year and a half. These changes are profoundly affecting my paradigm, my worldview, my approach to life. I’m making new friends and reading new books, all of which are exposing me to new ideas. I’m struggling with figuring out how to mesh what I’m learning and accepting today with how I’ve always seen life and God and everything. I’m in a season of renovation. I’m deconstructing what I’ve always built myself upon, throwing out what no longer makes sense or offers value to me, adding new information and relationships, and slowly rebuilding my life, my faith, myself.

PC: Oleksa Haiworonski source

Ruins of the Eupatorion Fortress, Ukraine // PC: Oleksa Haiworonski

I might even describe my current state as “in ruins.” But as a lover of architecture, I am drawn to the haunting, mysterious beauty of ruins. Being in ruins need not be a state of despair. Instead it can be one of opportunity, hope. I love the poetic words from Isaiah 61:4.

They will rebuild the ancient ruins 
    and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
    that have been devastated for generations.

Renovation is a wonderful experience of growth and improvement. Renovation is also a tense balance between updating and preserving. And renovation is often a maddeningly long process, almost always taking longer than we expect or plan. 

My self-renovation recalled to me my focus on being a student of life. And honestly, I might be rewriting what I believe that means! I will be sharing what I’m learning along the way. I hope you will share with me what you know and think, too. One lesson that seems to be on repeat in my life right now is how much I can glean from the ideas and experiences of others. [I’ll be writing a great deal about this.] I look forward to growing as a person and as a community on this corner of the blogosphere. Together we can walk the narrow path of getting rid of and adding on and building something beautiful. It’s a lifelong pursuit. It’s life. 




You can read more about being a student of life [or at least what I have thought about this in the past] in my posts about how I became one and goals.