The Closing of the Day

A beautiful ending looking out from my porch

Dear Reader:

Don’t we all, consciously or even unconsciously, take a moment before we fall asleep each night to think about the day we just lived?

Human nature , being what it is, rarely thinks that the day was ” enough.” Kent Nerburn( Small Graces) in his last chapter questions where ” this strange unquenchable human urge for more comes from-that is both our blessing and curse. “In our eternal quest to discover more of everything about the universe, somehow we have lost “the mystery of a cloud, the beauty of a garden, the joy of a single step. We must learn to value the small as well as the great.”

In the book of Micah the prophet says” And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Confucius told his followers, ” Bring peace to the old, have trust in your friends, and cherish the young.”

Nerburn asks ” Do we really need much more than this? To honor the dawn. To visit a garden. To talk to a friend. To contemplate a cloud. To cherish a meal. To bow our heads before the mystery of the day. Are these not enough? The world we shape is the world we touch – with our words, our actions, our dreams.

” If we should be so lucky as to touch the lives of many, so be it. But if our lot is no more than the setting of a table, or the tending of a garden, or showing a child a path in the woods, our lives are no less worthy.”

Kent Nerburn ends his book with this last comment: ” Sometimes, it seems, we ask too much. Sometimes we forget that the small graces are enough. ”

So until tomorrow…Our heart is known by the path we walk.

From football to Lacrosse Rutledge loves it all!

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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1 Response to The Closing of the Day

  1. Bernice Sturkie says:

    Hello again, Becky! I am still enjoy your daily post and gaining in perspective for myself and others. I wanted to share really cool, sassy quote that I came across when browsing powerful prayers With the intent for saying them for our crazy world …especially for Ukraine and Russian people.
    “And Satan trembles, when he sees
    The weakest saint upon his knees.”
    ~William Cowper, English poet and hymn writer in the 1700’s
    I don’t need any recognition for finding this quote.I just wanted to share it with you because I felt like you would enjoy the visual imagery. Blessings and humor, keep those wonderful post coming Our way, Bernice


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