“Can’t Get No Satisfaction”

Dear Reader:

All of us ‘Baby Boomers’ remember singing the lyrics to “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” throughout the year of 1965 and for many more years to come. We couldn’t get enough ‘satisfaction’ from that song if we didn’t hum or sing along.

As legend has it…Keith Richards wrote the melody (in his flat) while sleeping…remembered it in a dream…then four days before they recorded it Mick Jagger wrote the lyrics beside a pool. And the rest is history.

The lyrics suggest that (even with all) the rock and rollers’ fame…they couldn’t get no satisfaction in relationships or commercially. “Can’t get no satisfaction….no no no no no!”

Today we still seem to have a problem feeling satisfied…whether it is overeating (past satisfaction) or satisfied in our personal relationships, or satisfied with our health or financial well-being. The majority of Americans seem to always want more…never content with being satisfied with less.

This short anecdote teaches a great lesson. “True Satisfaction”

A Quaker had this sign put on a vacant piece of land next to his home: “THIS LAND WILL BE GIVEN TO ANYONE WHO IS TRULY SATISFIED.”

A wealthy farmer who was riding by, stopped to read the sign and said to himself, “Since our friend the Quaker is so ready to part with this plot, I might as well claim it before someone else does. I am a rich man and have all I need, so I certainly qualify.”

With that he went up to the door and explained what he was there for. “And art thou truly satisfied?” the Quaker asked.

“I am, indeed, for I have everything I need.”

“Friends,” said the Quaker, “if thou art satisfied, what dost thou want the land for?”

(Source: The Heart of the Enlightened, a book of spiritual stories by Anthony de Mello)

So until tomorrow…It is prudent to look over our personal wants and needs list every so often…because there is always something new out there, a new car, house, new technological gadget, to spur on our wants…but is it necessary for our daily needs or just another unnecessary toy?

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

I can honestly say when I walked out on my garden early Sunday morning…I was…I am…I will be always satisfied with the joy I feel from it.

Happy Birthday to my longest loving-ness friend…my sister …Brooke Price. A treasure in my life always….Happy Birthday college roomie! (The Ya’s celebrating Brooke’s birthday two years ago!)

 

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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2 Responses to “Can’t Get No Satisfaction”

  1. bcparkison says:

    LOL…Is blue your color or does my screen just activated to blue.
    Happy Birthday Brooke.

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  2. Becky Dingle says:

    Sometimes it is the time of day how the lights hit the garden from the shades of the sky

    Like

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