Flipping Houses, Switches…Why Not Thoughts?

Dear Reader:

By now you realize that I am a HGTV “junkie!” There is something so satisfying about watching a ‘clinker’ of a house turn into something beautiful beyond the imagination of potential house hunters and avid show fans, like me. (Apparently I am not the only one who thinks so since these “flipping houses” programs have sharply expanded to even more new programs like… flipping in Las Vegas, Mississippi, Nashville, and late Saturday night there was even a ‘mansion flipping gal’ who took broken down, abandoned mansions in Kansas City and turned them into stately, modernized dream mansions.)

With five grandchildren now…they love coming to Boo’s to switch light fixtures on and off. The grandchildren are used to pushing button switches and expecting motion switches to automatically turn on in their own homes…so my old (flip-on/flip-off) switches are becoming, not only archaic, but fun antiques to play with…instant gratification!


*But personally, I think the most important kind of flipping (that should go on in our lives) is flipping negative thoughts to positive ones.

We need to remind ourselves that we are children of God each and every day. So when a negative ‘self-put-down’ thought enters our mind we need to tell ourselves that God made us just the way we are for a reason…a good, positive reason. It is up to us, with His help, to stay the course we are made to follow.

Kate Wolfe-Jenson has discovered if she ‘chants’ these four following mantra practices (each time she feels  negativity creeping in) positive thoughts flip on again.

“Choose Joy, Beam Love, Give Thanks, Breathe Peace!”

So until tomorrow….Let us remember that our thoughts are the seeds to our future…and who doesn’t want a positive future?

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

*On yesterday’s walk…I was still overwhelmed with the beauty of the street before me….why are the ‘first green’ leaves on trees the most beautiful of all?

My pink hydrangea blooms wilted and turned white in the Easter pot they were in originally. I thought it looked like the blooms were gone so I planted it last Thursday. Then yesterday, after the glorious rains Saturday, I stopped to check and see how it was acclimating in the ground… the pink color had re-surfaced, along with the original big blooms. No need to worry…the hydrangea has adjusted quite well to its new home!

Sitting out on my deck Sunday afternoon I caught a view of the garden from the angle where I was sitting that just made me smile…how I love my deck and garden…Thanks Poppy for my deck!

(The grandchildren’s Japanese Maples are growing so fast this year and Joan Turner’s blue gazing ball she gave me adds such a pretty color to the path and flowers around it.)





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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8 Responses to Flipping Houses, Switches…Why Not Thoughts?

  1. Such a beautiful home and garden. What joy to just sit and reflect in such as lovely place.


  2. bcparkison says:

    I’m with you . Spring green is just beautiful and comes in a thousand hues.
    There is something about growing big enough to flip the light on and off. All of my grands do and have done it ….make them feel good and all grown up.


  3. ambikasur says:

    Hi Becky… Didn’t you mention stop thinking on negative thoughts and flip to positive thoughts… Well, I just came across this very touching article, and I felt you should read it too…. With love and prayers…


  4. Becky Dingle says:

    This article was sad but it comes back to Jesus praying that he be spared the pain and agony of the crucifixion while praying in the Garden of Gethsemane…but added that if not…”Then your will be done…not ours.”


    • ambikasur says:

      I agree that this is a very tragic article Becky… but what made me send it to you is this particular line that says “However dark death seems, it is fleeting and transient, a mere breath before the eternal life to come.”
      Which shows that there is Hope in Eternity… So there is a positive side even to this seemingly negative article…


      • Becky Dingle says:

        I liked that line too…that if it is our time God is making a home for us with Him…the hardest part is just leaving loved ones behind…again a time when faith carries us to the next life with God.

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