Finding the “MORE” in “There’s More to Life.”

Dear Reader:

When I saw these three pretty purple Mexican petunias blooming one morning I thought about the three guiding principles in my own life…Spirit, Faith, and Heart. The spirit of God leads me every day through tests of faith with my heart beating to the rhythm of life that keeps me rising each morning to new opportunities… to share the day with others traversing this planet in our own special time and place.

It has taken me a lifetime to find my special “more” when people, throughout my life, would advise me with the familiar axiom….”There’s more to life than...”

I bet you can help me fill in lots and lots of words behind the three dots. Just off the top of my head I remember these bits of advice along my path….”There’s more to life than studying, playing, money, work, a career, a relationship, physical looks, school, childhood, adulthood, traveling, stability, schedules, meetings, appointments and even church (if it is used only as a refuge to hide from life or challenges.)

(* If you remember some advice from your parents, friends, peers, family members, etc. please share… I would love to hear some more.)

People are quick to tell us “There’s more to life than...” but no one ever tells us what that “more” should be. What is the secret behind “more?”

It hit me one day that this very question is the secret of finding our way in life. “More” is different for everyone. At some point we have to ask….’What could we not live without doing’….besides just breathing each day…what is it that makes us want to get up in the mornings and start the day filled with anticipation?

Writing.

I had to go through several life cycles within my life…to finally realize that it is the written word that pulls and draws me to daily happiness and long-term joy….to completion and fulfillment of who I am under the skin.

I will never be a Pulitzer Award Winner or pull in a million ‘hits’ a day on my posts….but then there’s “More” to life than recognition or awards….it goes back to the original three words in my post …”The Spirit shows me my path, I stay faithful to the path and my heart soars with  a sense of personal fulfillment. I live for the daily satisfaction of writing…to release feelings and thoughts trapped in bondage waiting to be shared in the universe.

I am just one lone voice, among the many voices of the past, and the ones still to come…but it is the present voice that tells the world that I once was alive and  breathing out stories day and night…with all my might.

So until tomorrow….Words provide food for the mind and  light for understanding.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

The Confederate Rose had one dark rose color on it and a new white bloom below it symbolizing life and death together.

 

In fact all the buds on the Confederate Rose are blooming life starting at the top of the tree working down….breath-taking.

 

 

 

 

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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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4 Responses to Finding the “MORE” in “There’s More to Life.”

  1. bcparkison says:

    Good thoughts here Miss Becky.
    SNOW! In Maine? Winter is coming on fast better hurry with your trip.

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  2. Beverly Dufford says:

    I’ve heard parents say to a child who was hesitant to speak and tried to get what he wanted by pointing etc., “Use your words.” I’m happy that you have found joy in using your words because your words serve as good inspiration and enjoyment to so many of us. Do have fun in Maine. I’ve only visited once but the memories of that trip are wonderful. I went when the maples were really showing off their colors. Wow! Hope you will get to see some, and the snow hasn’t affected all of them.

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