Widening the Different Angles of Life

Dear Reader:

Yesterday as I was coming down the driveway to my garden I turned the corner and suddenly I saw the deck and back of my house from a different angle…from the perspective of the roses growing perpendicular to the house.

It was so pretty I ran to get my IPhone and discovered another angle while sitting on the back garden bench listening to the fountain. Both were beautiful but I had never noticed either one because I never took the time to detour off the expected path.

The sun was hitting one of the Japanese maples and blowing its leaves-I leaned into the maple, peering through the leaves and took a picture of part of the garden and back of the house! Again I was thrilled with the discovery- how changing one angle in life can produce such marvelous results!

Vickie came over yesterday to help me with another little fun garden project… I was sharing with her how I discovered new images of the garden and house by simply looking at things from a different angle. She said it was strange I mentioned that particular observation because she noticed her house from a different angle (for the first time) when she finished watering in my backyard (the week I was at Edisto) and started back across the street.

It is a funny feeling…like being able to see ourselves from outside in…the way other people see us, our homes…our lives.

Here is the picture Vickie took of her home (as seen by me and other neighbors!) A real gem! She caught the photo when the sun was just right…casting beautiful shadows on the house!

In my own writings, I have noticed that I am more successful in sharing my thoughts if I  do it by putting my own angle on the story. All it takes (for an idea to blossom) is a glimpse of something different, a comment or commercial on television, a passage from a book I am reading… and I am off and running.

I agree with author Ray Bradbury that waiting for one’s muse to appear in order to write is a lesson in futility. The reason being: Your muse is your entire complete being- it is simply you.

“When people ask me where I get my ideas, I laugh. How strange—we’re so busy looking out, to find ways and means, we forget to look in.” – Ray Bradbury

Writing is simply looking within ourselves and sharing the world through our own unique lenses. Nobody else can tell the same story because everybody sees everything differently. It is what makes the world adventuresome and exciting. God didn’t make a single one of us exactly the same. That, in a nutshell,  is the wonder and marvel of life.

So until tomorrow…

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Don’t forget: Drop-in – Tomorrow from 4-7. Anne Peterson and friends’ annual art exhibit! Walnut Farms 131 Scalybark Road. Summerville.




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 Widening the Different Angles of Life

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    The pictures taken at different angles are so intriguing. ..let’s you know that all is well…

    Qe will have all of the grands minus Ruthie so I won’t get to Anne. ..I sent her a text

    On May 26, 2017 6:03 AM, “Chapel of Hope Stories” wrote:

    > Becky Dingle posted: ” Dear Reader: Yesterday as I was coming down the > driveway to my garden I turned the corner and suddenly I saw the deck and > back of my house from a different angle…from the perspective of the roses > growing perpendicular to the house. It was so p” >


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