Take Time Daily to Simply Love the World…

My beautiful Japanese Maple …providing a curtain of beauty around the garden

Dear Reader:

By now you early bird readers know that I was ” late… for a very important date-today’s writing! Chalk it up to having a ” Ding-bat” moment yesterday and once again leaving my mobile phone -this time at Eva ‘s restaurant! Didn’t realize it until after they closed yesterday.

” Everyday will still be my favorite day” aka Winnie the Pooh ( for simply waking up) but now I think I should start signing off ( not ” Old Faithful” but ” ” Old Forgetful.” )

So here’s some prose and a comment for today’s post and hopefully get back on track tomorrow!

There is still so much to love about this world but we rarely are going to find it in the news… except for the last five minute good news closure segment. Yet everyday amazing stories of kindness, sacrifice, friendship and love abound. And each time we hear such a story , doesn’t our renewed hope kindle and burn brightly once again?

Poet Mary Oliver has this uncanny talent of expressing the goodness in the world through lyrical harmony and visual soothing images. A perfect example of this is….

My Work is Loving This World”

My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird-equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums. Here the clam deep in speckled sand.

Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still half-perfect? Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work, which is mostly standing still and yearning to be astonished.

The phoebe, the delphinium. The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture, which is mostly rejoicing, since all the ingredients are here, which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart and these body clothes, a mouth with which to give shouts of joy-to the sleepy dug/up clam, telling them all, over and over, how it is that we live forever.

So until tomorrow… after re-reading the poem the thought came to me that if everyone born on earth would look at their purpose here, within the context of ” loving the world as their work” … what a beautiful world we would all enjoy together. If we truly lived the world, no matter what pursuit of work we carried with us-we would never intentionally harm it.

” Today is my favorite day! ” Winnie the Pooh

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 Take Time Daily to Simply Love the World…

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Amen…Amen…all God’s creations remind us of His abiding love and grace..

    Glad you found your phone…I left my wallet in the library…🙄🤔😔 but the sweet staff found it and put it in a safe place…🙏❤🙏

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  2. Becky Dingle says:

    Thank goodness for guardian angels with their heads and wings on straight!!!

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