The Magical “Good” Glasses

Dear Reader:

It is strange but as soon as I saw and read the visual message from the “natural life chirp” yesterday (today’s title visual post)… I imagined a pair of “magical” eyeglasses that allowed the viewer to only see good in the world.

I envisioned myself actually telling the story of the ‘magic glasses’ to little children gathered around me. The story would be about a little boy named Pete and his special glasses. Everywhere he went on his travels…he saw only good when he peered through them and he celebrated happiness and joy each day.

It was so contagious…joy spread throughout the land changing people’s lives in the bargain.

I would, then, decorate an old pair of eyeglasses to be colorful, bright, kooky-looking and fun… inviting each child to look through them and tell the class what “good” thing they saw in the magical eyeglasses.

We would then cut out  pictures and make a bulletin board depicting all the “good” in the world each child saw through the “magic” lenses….scenes of parents, grandparents, siblings, favorite teddy bears, pets, hearts (love), hugs, stories, songs, flowers, gardens, sports, etc.

I was still basking in contentment (in my imaginary classroom lesson) when another thought interrupted my pleasant musings.

Wouldn’t it be interesting if the world had a superhero whose weapon against evil and destruction was a pair of magical eyeglasses with lenses that only saw good. With superpowers our hero would capture and then strap the magic glasses on his evil antithesis so his enemy, too, could only see the ‘good’ in the world …not bad. A reformed bad guy.

Slowly, however, I realized the fallacy in this concept. Evil people do ‘see’ good in their daily lives…they just choose to destroy it because ‘good’ gets in the way of ‘greed.’ And for too many people, ‘greed’ is too addictive a drug to exchange for ‘good.’

My comfort and faith remains in my Spiritual Creator Who can change the way we see life…not through magical eyeglasses but through spiritual lenses that opens our eyes to the truth and the truth is all about spreading good in this world during our lifetime. Putting others before ourselves.

An important truth  is that humans don’t just see with their eyes…they see, also, with their heart. Unfortunately there are no glasses to correct a visually and morally impaired heart… without God’s intervention.

So until tomorrow…

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

With the recent afternoon thunder storm showers…my eyes are seeing beautiful moon flowers bloom from the rains… while my heart feels the beauty with each beat of happiness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 The Magical “Good” Glasses

  1. Pam Stewart says:

    WOW! What a wonderful “lesson” you shared with all of us today. Loved it!

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      Thank you….During these troubling times when we see self-greed taking priority over helping the masses with good…don’t we wish…the solution could be found in a pair of “good” eyeglasses? But isn’t it also comforting to know that God is ‘looking’ down and knows what is in each our hearts and how we then decide to use our special God-given vision for good or greed.

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  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    That was a wonderful lesson for all…I may borriw it for my grands. It may be think of Psalms 121…in that verse God says “do not be afraid for I will never leave or forsake you.”…makes the things on earth that are not good grow dim in His wonderful grace…when we turn on our eyes toward Jesus. This is a favorite hymn…”Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”…your blog todsy sparked this thought…thank you!

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  3. Becky Dingle says:

    Great verse to accompany the story. Thanks Gin-g!

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  4. Lynn Gamache says:

    This was a most meaningful and beautiful devotional today, Becky. I could sense your teacher/grandma heart shining through as you envisioned a lesson to share with children, complete with visuals for them to use. Loved the eye-glasses idea! And this was especially timely and meaningful for me who just picked up my new glasses (new lenses and frames) from Eagle Optometry in Abbotsford yesterday afternoon. This is a new place for me to do business as I was referred there by my Indo Canadian friend and hairdresser, Meenu. Serving me now as my very personable but professional optometrist is Fareed from Iran. With this trip to his office I took along again a few home- grown vegetables and hand-picked Honey Crisp apples from our garden. He was SO grateful and said his wife would be very happy too as she had enjoyed our vegetables so much previously. Then away I went to visit some friends while he finished off the job of cutting my new lenses to fit the new frames.
    About an hour later I returned, and what a sweet surprise was mine because now his lovely wife was there in his shop too. He wanted me to meet her and she wanted to thank me personally for the garden goodies! She even mentioned that the day before she had said she needed a fresh zucchini but hadn’t gone out to buy one. Now she had a fresh, “organic” zucchini and was so happy! And I was thrilled to get to meet this dear Iranian wife and mother too…a new friend made on a very smokey mid-September day. Visibility is so poor here these days as we suffer thru the awful haze and pollution from fires burning to the south of the border in WA, OR and CA. We are thankful that our province is not being devoured by this fiery devastation, but our hearts ache as our throats burn, for our good neighbours to the south. We pray for you even today. May you still be able to look up and see and know the goodness of God in the midst of all the destruction…(like the lone jogger who stopped his run to fight off a wild brush fire he happened upon early one morning this week). This is another wonderful story for another time….Blessings and love to one and all…Lynn

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      What a beautiful story…and so informative Lynn…had no idea y’all were getting the ‘haze and pollution’ from the fires in WA. OR and CA. Again…it shows, again, that when something happens to one person…it affects us all…we all must help each other go through life.

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