Dear Reader:

Another busy day yesterday…which was actually good…it kept my mind occupied with grandchildren and a lunch outing with my children….a lovely day.

I kept Walsh and Mollie’s children…thinking it would probably take a few hours for them to vote…actually half an hour. Walsh said it was the best-run voting poll (their children’s school) he had ever attended…all computerized and lines moved very quickly.

A couple of months ago… I realized that I was letting the craziness of politics influence my life negatively for too long…I had to look in the mirror and tell myself…I haven’t fought breast cancer for twelve years to lose my health to high blood pressure and stress over something I have no control over….so I turned it over to God.

Every time I overheard some upsetting political spew I started reminding myself of my ‘covenant’ with God…and murmured, repeatedly,  “Faith over Fear” until I calmed down again.

No matter how this election unwinds…my prayer is for peace, individual inner peace and collective peace among the American people. Unity over disunity…because way down deep we all want the same things for our future… our children’s and grandchildren’s health and welfare protected, along with senior citizens, creative ways to level the playing field for all interested participants in new diversified career opportunities.

To see America, once again, taking its role as a leader for human rights, advocates for a healthier planet for our grandchildren to live and breathe in and an acceptance of the diversity of races and cultures that has historically made this country what it is…great…a country of immigrants. Your immigrant ancestors and my immigrant ancestors. What a country they have made and will continue to do so with acceptance and  encouragement.

But most importantly…no matter the outcome of this election we must learn to take care of ourselves while extending kindness and generosity to those around us. Remembering…Love heals all. 

Life is about people…not politics…how we live our lives, how we make others feel, through hope, a helping hand, and living our life for others. Acceptance, love, and joy.

Today is the day to reach down to the center of our being and spread the light of the promise of tomorrow. We are that promise to others.

So until then…Keep Shining…

Look what made me lighten up yesterday…Doodle dropped off lemon squares for me…my favorite dessert…nothing can be so wrong with the world that lemon squares can’t fix it…at least deliciously temporarily! 🙂



While we had our first dusting of frost yesterday Mollie’s parents, Marcia and Bruce (NH) had their first snow.


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 YOU MATTER

  1. Becky,
    It took me until late last night to reach the point of saying whatever the results of the election, I will trust God. The realization that I could not change the outcome hit me hard, and I could just be proud that I voted and tried to make a difference. I, too, decided not to have a stroke or become ill worrying about what I have no control over. It’s hard though, when you want peace to prevail.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      I am right with you…when our personal philosophy on life doesn’t coincide with many actions going on politically in our country …it is hard not to feel let down…especially when we worry about our children and grandchildren…but I remind myself that our vision of the future is limited by our simply being human….God’s vision is much bigger and enduring…the show’s not over until God deems it so. He is with us.


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