…”Find and Trust Your Own Precious Voice”

Dear Reader:

There is something about living in a world of uncertainty that forces us stop long enough to look around. Then one day, for no particular reason, the wonderful realization dawns upon us that we have been given a gift…”When nothing is certain, anything is possible.

My favorite Irish poet, John O’Donohue, explains it better in his introduction to his book of blessings…To Bless the Space Between Us. (excerpt)

“There is a quiet light that shines in every heart. It draws no attention to itself, though it is always secretly there. It is what illuminates our minds to see beauty, our desire to seek possibility, and our hearts to love life. Without this subtle quickening our days would be empty and wearisome, and no horizon would ever awaken our longing. 

Our passion for life is quietly sustained from somewhere in us that is wedded to the energy and excitement of life. This shy inner light is what enables us to recognize and receive our very presence here as blessing. We enter the world as strangers who all at once become heirs to a harvest of memory, spirit, and dream that has long preceded us and will now enfold, nourish, and sustain us. The gift of the world is our first blessing.”

When I hear the word blessing…it evokes in me a sense of belonging…that I am not alone in this journey called life and that there is nothing that can take away my soul, “my inner light of providence.”

In my personal cancer (“little c” detour) journey I have long ago come to the realization that cancer can “never touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it, certainly, cannot touch my soul.” In fact, if anything, my inner light glows stronger with each passing day.

Another “aha” moment has come along (like the Clinque Bonus package I just signed up for) with the realization that it has only been since I found my voice and started the blog, back in 2010, and lay claim to it, that I have been able to the hear “the true song of another.”

To become a part of the universe, we must be able to connect with all the other voices that surround us…because we are never alone…together we are all one mighty voice that seeks harmony and healing in this old world.

Some of you might remember this book by Elizabeth Lesser who addresses the issues of change and transition during difficult times….asking “Will we be broken down and defeated, or broken open and transformed.”

Life is how we respond to the challenges that confront us…not the challenges themselves. Lesser sees new opportunities and possibilities ( to see the world through different lenses) as the Clinque Bonus Promotion we get for walking the line while still staying open to the loving support of those around us.

So until tomorrow:

“How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.” (Elizabeth Lesser)

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Happy “Official” Birthday to Ben and Vikki today! It was a good day for all of us when you each appeared in to our lives!

*I am hanging with Eva Cate today while Mandy takes care of some medical appointments before school starts back. Eva Cate drew the state symbols- the palmetto tree and a crescent. 

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 …”Find and Trust Your Own Precious Voice”

  1. Honey Burrell says:

    Eva Cate’s art is beautiful. This could win a prize for sure. I love it!
    Just know Becky, your light shines very brightly. You are sunshine in my life and so many others.❤️

    Liked by 1 person

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