The Paradox of Love and War

Dear Reader:

If you were like me… I spent a bulk of time changing television stations yesterday between the happy upbeat Queen’s Jubilee and the sad but determined Olena Zelensky-wife of Ukrainian President Zelensky -interview with Robin Roberts.

The Queen on Stonehenge

As the one hundredth day of war emerges Olena Zelensky… said giving up any of their country’s land will do nothing to end this war of aggression-conceding territory won’t stop the war because this ” aggressor” will not stop at that… he would continue pressing, launching steps forward… with more and more attacks.

I thought of this paradoxical riddle: If we did love everything and everyone in the worldwould we still need boundaries? Truth is… boundaries don’t define love. Love is limitless!

One paradox on love and war that should be a central thought for all of us-in war or peace is: God is the only One to whom we can surrender without losing ourselves.

Olena sure hasn’t ” surrendered” hope as she wants children back in schools in the fall and their people even closer and more united than ever in their love and gratitude of country.

So until tomorrow… one country’s jubilation over a beloved leader of seventy years…the ” Queen” …one country’s determination to fight aggression and tyranny under the courage of a new untested leader-President Zelensky who is showing true grit-a combination of ( John Wayne/ Winston Churchill) Ukrainian style!!

Sometimes all you hear about is the hate, but there is more LOVE in this world than you could possibly imagine!
There is never an end … only a new beginning!

Even my deer-assaulted hibiscus is back with a vengeance… five blooms and four buds bursting at the seams! All life-plant and animal- have daily struggles to overcome to survive.

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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