A Life Well Loved

Dear Reader:

When all is said and done…can there be anything nicer said about a person in an eulogy than they lead a “Life well loved?” (Photo/Pinterest)

Any time I grow sad over the state of affairs today…I cheer myself up with each incident I witness, read, or hear about that involves love. Even when we are at our most broken…feeling visibly cracked beyond repair…love has a way of  filling in the cracks and restoring us to shine once again.

Brooke always makes me laugh when she shares her philosophy about embarrassing medical visits that require the little blue and white checkered medical gown (with the tie in the back) type examination. (Especially when you are told to reverse the gown and have the open area in front leaving it untied…panic!)

Brooke reassures herself with the thought…that the doctor has likely seen better… but has also seen worse.  To this day I giggle to myself when I think about Brooke’s ‘wise words.’

This philosophy also applies to the world in which we live. It has seen better, it has seen worse….and the only scenario in which I couldn’t live in a particular environment….would be a world without love. That is too terrible to contemplate…because that would be a world without God. God is love.

In Magnolia Journal...one column was dedicated to the practice of kintsugi (a noun meaning “golden repair.”) 

“Kintsugi refocuses our attention from what should have been toward creating something infinitely more beautiful with what remains, and perhaps far more honoring of who we were to be all along.

It provides a lens to see an object’s  broken crevices or scars as being a part of its original grand design, and it offers us the opportunity to do the same…to see our lives as rare works of art.

Gold dust and resin  is used to re-attach the broken pieces. Strength and beauty is found in imperfection.”  

So until tomorrow….Everyone has a story to tell…and scars are our badges of honor.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

From out of the storm nature heals us … with visions of beauty that used the storm’s rainfall to bloom.

Monday was my monthly visit with my oncologist and I received good news…my white-cell count, for the first time in months, was “normal,” as well as my liver enzymes looked good and some reduction of my tumor. So relieved….I could breathe again after the rather negative report form the month before. I think we have finally hit the magic number on the amount of dosage needed for the daily oral chemo pills!! 🙂

Pam Stewart and her husband, Kirk, have recently moved and they had some planters’ pots… and unique copper Dutch shoes plant containers with a copper window ledge they wanted to give me. Can hardly wait to get the back deck cleared and clean…to add some new plant ideas. Thanks Pam and Kirk!

While in the waiting room of the Charleston Oncology Center…awaiting my lab work,  I opened August’s Skirt Magazine and did a double -take. There was an article on five women who represent the five senses of Charleston. The first picture captured was Sound...and as I stared at it…I saw Vikki…my nephew Lee’s wife…and showed everybody in the office her picture. Just gorgeous! So proud of you Vikki for the selection! What an honor!

Vikki Matsis: Singer/ Founder/Owner/Ohm radio

*Sis Kinney had her second exploratory surgery, like Ann earlier, and will get the results back within the next few days. Please keep Sis in your prayers until she hears back…it can be very lonely waiting for results. We pray she has the same positive results as Ann Graves. (Ann G. is now waiting to see what procedures her oncologist thinks it best at this stage of the ‘game.’



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 A Life Well Loved

  1. Sis Kinney says:

    Good news for you, for sure! Hope those white cell counts stay at the level you want them to be! And, I’m also hoping that by now you received the thank-you note I wrote to you about your darling surcie! Now that all the excitement and preparations for the house blessing are over, we’re trying to get “everything else” taken care of and put away and hung, etc. Your beautiful plaque arrived the day of the party, so we didn’t have time to hang it. We’re looking for just the right place for it and we love it! Hits “home” so to speak! You’re too, too kind and we both thank you for this truly thoughty gift!!
    We are loving “just living” in our new place. No more scurrying around trying to finish this, that, or the other “thing.” We are just basking in our blessedness.
    As the saying goes, “Life is good!”
    Much love and continued thanks (especially for all the prayers)!


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Sis…you will always have our prayers. Keep us updated. Just glad the plaque got there in time for the house blessing and so glad you are ‘in” your home now….no more scurrying and worrying…it is now officially home.


  2. bcparkison says:

    The waiting game of life. Prayers for Sis.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      We spend a lot of time in life… ‘in the waiting room’ so it “behooves” us to learn how to use this time wisely and come out of it…more appreciative and grateful of life itself.


  3. Beverly Dufford says:

    What a blessing to hear that your white count has come up and that your report was very good. Prayers for Sis. Maybe one day I’ll get by just to catch up. Even with the To Do list you mentioned yesterday, the day rushes by without checking too many things off. Just wanted to share a crazy little quirk: If I do something like freshen up guest room or Colby’s and it wasn’t on the list, I add it just so I can check it off. Now nobody cares about that list, but it makes me feel better that I really did do something today since many of the other things had no checks by them. Of course, I usually had time to work on the puzzle on the card table and work the crossword puzzle, but I only did those while I was resting. Resting might be the wrong word, because that would indicate you had done something to make you tired. But as you said, life is all about love, and I love others every day, and I don’t need a list for that. One can pause to pray for someone you don’t even know who may be in need, or send a card, or visit someone who is sick. Those things come spontaneously as people come to your mind. At the end of my life, all I would hope they say about me is your title, she lived a life well loved.


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