The Natural Flow of Living in Gratitude

Dear Reader:

In the blink of an eye the pumpkin decorations will soon disappear to be replaced with Christmas attire…another changing of the seasons…so last night Ben built a fire and we reflected on what we had to be thankful for before Christmas pushed itself into our homes and hearts.

Look what our Thanksgiving dinner looked like…Martha Stewart, a.k.a. Vickie, the best neighbor in the world, brought enough food on two plates to feed an army and I did my best to clean the plate. She then returned with three different slices of pie each! Oh my! Out of this world!

We had just finished eating our first round of dinner when Lee, Vikki, Rhodes and Vikki’s family stopped by to visit on the way to Susan’s for their Thanksgiving. What fun!

Rhodes gave me a big smooch before he left and a yellow lantana sprig…will treasure it forever little Rhodes!

As I glanced through my Iphone I noticed an ad from Tuesday Morning and thought to myself…’Now that is an ad worth remembering”- Good job Tuesday Morning!”

Let me tell you ‘If my heart is as full as my plate‘ I can gladly boast that I am ALL heart’ …because nothing else would fit on my plate! 🙂

I like this quote on gratitude and how differently a person’s life is lived when he/she is filled with gratitude  each and every day.

“True gratitude is a recognition of nature’s flow and grace. It is an understanding that everything that I have is a blessing that was given to me – my possessions, my intellect, creativity and skills. I give because I am passing on what I have been given. The universe’s natural flow unlocks when my giving expresses the recognition and deep gratitude of what I have received.” – Preeta

So until tomorrow…A short post this evening…because watching the fire and trying to finish this delicious piece of pumpkin pie has laid me completely immobile (I feel like a beached whale)…and for that I am in debt and gratitude for family company and neighborly feasts…best Thanksgiving ever!

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Doodle…I found the perfect planter on the other apartment side for your beautiful plant Wednesday and we added a little light to the other side…one last show stopper for Mr. Pumpkin until next year.

Thanksgiving is over…but thankfulness and gratitude are a 365-day attitude adjustment!




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 The Natural Flow of Living in Gratitude

  1. bcparkison says:

    If only we could have Thanksgiving every day of the year. Not the food..good grief we would all be rolling around ,but the thoughts and gratitude to our Creator and to each other. What a much better place this world would be.


  2. Becky Dingle says:

    Holding onto Thanksgiving is like holding onto Christmas…we can live it each day and if we keep our eyes open we can slowly realize that the potential for Thanksgiving and Christmas live in us 12 months a year…not just one day.


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