Let the Light Flow…

Dear Reader:

It worked… light cascading from the old water can to the grass like twinkling stars tumbling over a water fall! 🎉

Last week, a friend from high school, Jane Taylor Freeman, sent me an idea for my garden. It was a photo of a watering can on a fence with cascading lights falling out of it like water pouring from the can. I loved that idea!

So the other day, while at Home Depot, I wandered into the solar lights section and found what I thought looked like the same lighting effect. I had two old watering cans…Vickie helped me pick one and the location where it could best be seen from the deck. We were a little unsure if the one long string of copper wire (repeatedly wound around the spout of the water can) would give the same illusion…it did!

I had to run pick up some prescriptions Thursday night at CVS and it was dark when I got home. I tip-toed out on the deck and peeked through the inky blackness into the garden…and there it was…looking just like (or very close to) Jane’s picture. Happiness is! It is amazing the (title) picture even ‘took’ with me all aglow with excitement!

Doesn’t it feel good to glow…really glow! When I looked at Tommy and Kaitlyn smiling and laughing through the wedding ceremony…the glow was obvious to all. It is just not a glowing expression…it is a glowing feeling. It is feeling loved and wanted. Isn’t that the one common denominator that everyone desires and needs here on earth?

I love being around upbeat people who glow with laughter, smiles, and compassion…I have been blessed to have friends who do just that…share their light. Everyone’s light is uniquely their own…and it shines in various ways.

In one uplifting article, titled “Finding the Ruby Shoes” Erin Parker (Huffington Post) reminded us of the (Wizard of Oz) Good Witch Glinda’s prompt to Dorothy…“that we need only look inside ourselves to find what we need.”

Parker agreed with that assessment BUT…it, also, helps for someone else or even others to point it out to us also. Perhaps it is the teacher who points out to a student that they had a natural inclination towards writing, creativity, art,  music, math, science, history, cooking, or athletics…and for the first time the student begins to believe that perhaps he/she does.

Sometimes, Parker thought, we need someone to not only push the “Ruby Slippers” at us… but make us try them on too. It is that special someone who shares their light with another, making sure the spark is strong before leaving, who never really leaves our heart.

“…So, yes, we may have had the power within us all along, but I’d bet that there has been at least one person in our lives who saw something deep within us that we just could not see. All of us are blessed with Ruby Slippers in our closet, and if we cannot find them, I pray another person is quick to pull them out so we can all spend our days walking around shining our light and sharing it with each other.

Ruby shoes go quite nicely with that Yellow Brick Road.”


So until tomorrow…Let’s all take a minute today to remember that special beacon or beacons of light in our lives who helped steer us down the right shining path. Ruby slippers and all. Thank you!

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

*When we find our true passion we shine our inner light for all to see !!!!




About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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