Following Our Moral Compasses- 2021

Dear Reader:

It has been a long time since so many people around the world have looked so forward to telling a year good-bye and turning towards the next one with such renewed hope and prayers for a better tomorrow.

Upon reflection…2020 is still hard to define or even absorb mentally or emotionally…because it just wasn’t a pandemic or Covid19 virus that threw the world completely off-balance…but a series of political and economical upheavals that pushed our country into some kind of a strange disjointed alien land that was hard to recognize as our own. Disturbing at its very core.

So when I thought about a title picture for the first day of the New Year, 2021, immediately a compass rose popped up. It is a symbol and metaphor for… not just a physical instrument to guide us… but a moral one to lead us.

We all have wise and loving hearts, even if they need some dusting off after this past year’s travels, and our heart is our compass. We need it to determine the latitude and longitude of our wonder and curiosity that keeps the adventure of life in our beings. It makes life worth living to see what is around the next bend in the road.

Blessings are our courage…and we still have so many in spite of everything 2020 did to deceive us into thinking we had none.

We need to pray our journey is a long one this year and savor the stops along the way. Especially the difficult stops…where doubt and faith collide…we must continue to walk taller with God…relying on His faith to guide us…while walking faster than doubt can keep up.

And now it is time to reach down…way down…to our individual moral compasses…pull them out…reach back to help another fellow man along their journey with one hand…while reaching forward with the other towards God’s everlasting grasp.

It is only then… when we know… we are never lost in His care…His staff is big enough to bring us all back into His loving embrace.

So until tomorrow…My wish for us all is a fresh new start with a fresh outlook and a love for our fellow man. Let basic decency embrace us filled with compassion, trust, and hope at the helm of this great country. Happy Happy New Year…my blog readers, my friends, my loves!!!

P.S. And don’t forget, of all times, to say “RABBIT RABBIT!” After all this first day of the month also starts the first day of a new year…one we have been praying about for a long time. So say it loud and clear…perhaps several times.

I loved the Christmas stamps this year…my two favorites being Sammy the Red Cardinal and the Winter Rabbit for the first day of January! Here’s a toast for blessings from Heaven for 2021!

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

The Dingles “own” December birthdays I think…hardly a day in the month goes by without one…and little Eloise finishes up this busy birthday month all by herself.

So yesterday we had one last December birthday party for our adorable three-year-old Eloise…Happy Birthday my youngest granddaughter! May this be your best year yet! The wonder of the world awaits you!



Big Game tonight…Big Big Game! Go Tigers…stay strong, stay safe, stay true to yourselves and play your hearts out! Love my Tigers!

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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8 Responses to Following Our Moral Compasses- 2021

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Happy New Year dear friend…and Rabbit…Rabbit …Rabbit. Another good thing about the pandemic was our introduction to Netflix. I truly have not watched regular TV but last night at 11:55 we switched to the regular channels to watch the ball drop. I only recognized a couple of perforners. And then when I switched to another local channel I thought I had accidentally gotten on an “Adult” site …I was embarrassed for my DIL so I switched channels… Blake said that they were performers …wow, now I know how my parents felt…but these Trojan dancers made the Beetles look like Sesame Street performers…oh well…that is why Glory looks better everyday…


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Happy Happy New Year Gin-g! My prayers are with all your family but especially Suzy! Keep us updated and you and Fred have a wonderful year together!


  2. Beth Brewer says:

    Beautiful words for all to hear! Thank you, Becky for a year full of inspiration, compassion and heartfelt concern for all people. May you have a fabulous 2021! Look forward to your posts.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      So happy to hear from you Beth! It always makes me delighted when I do. And I truly appreciate your continued support of the blog and myself. Summerville is my forever home because of its residents like you. Look forward to hearing from you again and may you and your family have a most extraordinary New Year 2021!


  3. ambikasur says:

    Happy New year to all of you, Becky… God bless you, and may you all have a wonderful year… 😇😇🙏🙏


    • Becky Dingle says:

      My lovely Ambika…Happy New Year to you too and your wonderful family. God bless all of you…safe safe, secure, and joyful!


  4. Jo Dufford says:

    Happy New Year, Becky! Thanks for a wonderful message to start this new year. May you and yours have a year filled with joy and peace! Rabbit! Rabbit!


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Back at you Jo! I love you, Colby, and your family so…joy and peace sound like the perfect salve for all our wounds…of course if you say “Rabbit Rabbit” first each first day of the month!!!! Happy Happy New Year Jo! Love all my Christmas goodies. Too sweet!


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