Leading with Our Hearts

Dear Reader:

Haven’t we heard others and ourselves label someone as being nice enough…perhaps too nice…because he/she always leads with their heart instead of their head? (In the South…this comment is usually followed by a negative “Bless her heart.”)

Perhaps that was true when I had to make decisions more based on finances than what my heart wanted to do (or we would have gone bankrupt)…but now that life has settled down somewhat into a steadier financial cycle…I find myself more and more making decisions from the heart. I have finally reached the stage in life where I can fall back on “divine” intuition.

Over the past few years since the creation of my garden…I have quietly been observing nature more closely and finding myself completely fascinated with what appears to be nature’s built-in compasses and built-in survival kits. Without being taught, nature’s living organisms instinctively understand what to do to survive another day.

The birds at my bird feeder take quick little bites of the birdseed and then fly back in the bushes to see if squirrels or other birds are hovering nearby. If the ‘coast is clear’ the bird returns and repeats the same behavior. I have also noticed that the smaller birds, like the carolina wrens, prefer it if a squirrel or larger bird has dropped bird seed on the ground below the feeder….they feel safer eating on the ground than higher up exposed on a swinging bird feeder.

I can’t help but think that what we call instinct in other animals is the same as our intuition…only theirs is sharper. Since God created everything on earth…animals rely solely on their “divine” instincts and I can’t help but feel jealous of their total confidence in it.

We mortals second-guess our intuitions and decision -making processes. We rely on man and workshops to teach us how to become better decision-makers. Haven’t we, somehow, left God out of the equation?

I remember hearing once that “Intuition is knowing what we know without knowing how we know it.” In a sense it is spontaneous knowledge. Even though it is sometimes referred to as a “gut feeling” it actually relies more on the heart than the gut or head.

Intuition is untarnished from past experiences or even outside influences. It allows us the ability to reason out a decision without explanation or justification. Remarkably, these outcomes usually wind up being our best choices…and usually, our wisest, in hindsight.

So until tomorrow…Let us remember to leave behind our self-imposed ‘over-thinking’ decision-making skills and rely more on our heart than our head. God is in our heart and His Guidance is all we need to make the best choice. We must trust our Divinity within.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

*Went over to Anne’s yesterday afternoon to drop off a meal so she wouldn’t have to bother cooking or cleaning since she and her friend Susan  flew our early this morning….destination Ireland!

She told me she would send my regards to Fungie when they were in Dingle.

Fungie is at least 30 years old now and still going strong.




While at the house…Anne showed me her new yoga room upstairs….very cool with all the psychedelic accessories!

She also showed me this hilarious quote on long friendships that is worth memorizing.

“Old friends disintegrate together – which enlivens the process” (Pam Brown-1928)


Anne’s first moon flower of the evening had popped out while I was there and it looked like two more were bursting at the seams….they must be trying to tell Anne good-bye with a great send-off. I also love Anne’s Mexican sunflowers…(Reminder to self…add some of these next year to the garden!)





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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6 Responses to Leading with Our Hearts

  1. Honey Burrell says:

    I’m reminded of my favorite quote from Helen Keller, “The best things in life cannot be seen or heard, but felt with the heart.”

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  2. bcparkison says:

    You will the love Mexican sunflower. It comes back every year…you just never know where so be sure and know what the first leaf looks like so you want think it is a weed. lol


  3. Becky Dingle says:

    Thanks for the information….I will give it lots of space!


  4. Joan says:

    Good thoughts Becky…intuition…what a beautiful gift!


    • Becky Dingle says:

      I know I need to fall back on intuition more….respond from the heart and I usually get it right….over-think it and I blow it. God makes much better decisions than I do by myself.


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