Picking Our Battles…

Dear Reader:

Look! My “Mr. Lincoln” rose has returned again….this is the best year yet. You might remember I talked about its fragrance being in a category all by itself…and then even ordered from ETSY a bottle that comes pretty darn close to the natural fragrance.


The size of the bottle was nowhere near the size as portrayed in the advertisement (it is tiny)…still it has a lovely fragrance…not quite as powerful as the real rose…but a light subtle imitation of it…perfect for just a faint lovely scent!



I chose the “Lincoln” rose for the title photo and the theme….”Picking our Battles” because I can think of few presidents who had more battles to contend with…personally and politically than President Lincoln.

I think it was all the activities in Conway… remembering the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War… that made me start thinking about the personal battles we all fight on a daily basis.

I know that sometimes the conflicting feelings I have about participating in something I don’t want to or even just making myself do certain things/chores around the house that I keep putting off …is an on-going dilemma. We all fight these mundane battles.

If we are honest most of us realize there is still a streak of competition in us while trying to speed around the shortest way to get the last parking spot at Publix before another car, circling the opposite way, gets there.

Or perhaps it is picking up speed maneuvering the grocery cart in between shoppers down the aisle to the check-out counter first. We know we are being silly but our competitive fighting spirits still kick in on a daily basis. It is only later after I have done something like this that I realize these little battles leave us more exhausted than triumphant by the end of the day.

I imagine even Clebe McClary would agree that history’s greatest warriors didn’t carry guns or try to eliminate the opposition in their race to achieve immortality in life.

Think about just some of the greatest warriors we have known in history: Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Florence Nightingale and Rosa Parks…just to name a few. They chose different “weapons” to win battles…they used words….words like love, hope, inspiration, big ideas, leadership and standing up for what was right.

Without the need for face-paint…don’t we all have the potential within us to be a fighter for the causes that are worth fighting for?

So until tomorrow…Let us go to God in prayer and ask Him to guide us through war zones in our personal lives…showing us where to step and help us choose which battles are the important ones to fight with words or action for the good.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

I have been gone up and down the road so much lately that when I finally got back  to the garden yesterday…some new delights met me.  (* The  insecticide powder is helping fight and keep the “Little Big Red” the geranium protected from hungry insects!)

And Beth Brewer….Look….finally a bloom after over a year. I even put a sign up to encourage it…but nothing has worked. The manettia vine is living…just not blooming.  And then yesterday I spotted it …a teeny tiny speck of orange/red….a little bloom…hopefully it is the start of big things to come…lots and lots of color!

Photos of Beth bringing me the manettia vine from her Uncle Frank’s beautiful yard and of how I long to see those window flower beds outside his home again…still miss that beautiful place of beauty on Marion!


When I received it…

Hope is still alive Beth! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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 Picking Our Battles…

  1. Marcia Hoffman says:

    Enjoying your daily inspirations so very much!
    My/Your dear friend Beth introduced me to your website early in the summer when she came to visit us in South Georgia! She knew I would love it and I certainly do! And this morning you’ve made her famous😊. She is a sweetheart!
    Have an especially happy Thursday and thank you! You’ve touched my heart many mornings. God bless you.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Well Marcia you made my day even more special by reading your comment! I am honored to hear from you and look forward to many more conversations! Beth and I had the most fun the day she stopped by with all her Uncle Frank’s history and the manettia vine…at first it did great but especially this summer it just wouldn’t bloom.???

      Finally I realized that all the blooming vines were struggling this summer…think the drought earlier in the season had something to do with it…so it made me even more excited when I spotted “hope” in the form of a tiny red bud/bloom on the vine! Hope really does keep us in this beautiful game called life, doesn’t it?


  2. bcparkison says:

    What is it about these vines? My blue morning glory ,which I have had two blooms on, has now covered the fence ….but nothing.And no sign of at future bloom.It started out so well and truely is a pretty green vine but…..Maybe it is waiting for cooler temps..Maybe.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      You are right…I always have morning glories covering my fence and yard…but even though we are getting a few rain showers now…no blooms…so strange…the drought earlier this summer must have hit at a critical time of development…vines are everywhere just no or just a precious few blooms this summer! As my students used to write on the social studies test papers…”D.K.” …”Don’t know!” 🙂


  3. Beth Brewer says:

    Just reading the blog!! Hallelujah! Uncle Frank would be proud of you and your patience. If you have Miracle Grow liquid fertilizer you could put some on it but it may bloom more when the weather cools. I have one that spread into an azalea & it comes up in the fall and blooms a bunch. You are such a wonderful lady and I’m so glad Miss Menettia bloomed for you! Good to be back in touch with you, Becky. Take care.


    • I will definitely try to add some miracle grow liquid fertilizer….and I agree that it does like the cooler weather better…fingers crossed for the fall. Thank you again, Beth, so much for not only making me the happy steward of this historical vine but sharing the post with Marcia. Have a wonderful week!


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