Other Types of Green…

Dear Reader:

Yesterday I went back in the archives where the blogs of Chapel of Hope Stories Part I  (August 2010-November 2014) are kept. I re-read some of the anecdotes I used then and how much I still enjoy them today. It was while I was getting ready to copy and paste one such motivational story…that the anticipated look of the new twenty dollar bill was revealed on one internet resource.

But then I had to laugh…just because the decision to remove Jackson from the twenty dollar bill and add Harriett Tubman was finalized in 2016 doesn’t mean that anything is final. Far from it…the prediction for the circulation of this bill will probably take another decade.

One article I read had lots and lots of excuses why it will take so long to switch the twenty dollar bill look…some reasonable to just plain flimsy. We will get a “sneak peek” in 2020 for the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffragette movement and passage of the 19th amendment allowing women to vote. Here are some names of historical figures who will go on display in two years on other denominations.

Lew will replace a picture of the Treasury building on the back of the $10 with leaders of the suffrage movement — Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul and Lucretia Mott.

The back of the $5 bill will also be redesigned to include opera singer Marian Anderson, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Still, no matter who is on it…the twenty dollar bill will still retain the same value…and that leads me to the motivational story I  put on the blog about eight years ago. It still rings true today…no matter whose face is on it.

The Value of Yourself

A popular speaker started off a seminar by holding up a $20 bill. A crowd of 200 had gathered to hear him speak. He asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?”

200 hands went up.

He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” He crumpled the bill up.

He then asked, “Who still wants it?”

All 200 hands were still raised.

“Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” Then he dropped the bill on the ground and stomped on it with his shoes.

He picked it up, and showed it to the crowd. The bill was all crumpled and dirty.

“Now who still wants it?”

All the hands still went up.

“My friends, I have just showed you a very important lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, life crumples us and grinds us into the dirt. We make bad decisions or deal with poor circumstances. We feel worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. You are special – Don’t ever forget it!


*These days I always try to keep a twenty dollar bill in my purse simply to remind myself of the true value of human life…not money but ourselves.

This last little anecdote always makes me laugh…we talk so much about time in the Chapel of Hope Stories blogs and how mankind defines time so differently from God. This funny little story brings it full circle.

On God’s Time

A man walked to the top of a hill to talk to God.

The man asked, “God, what’s a million years to you?” and God said, “A minute.”

Then the man asked, “Well, what’s a million dollars to you?” and God said, “A penny.”

Then the man asked, “God…..can I have a penny?” and God said, “Sure…..in a minute.”


So until tomorrow… “Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.” ( To me being rich and wealthy is having time to love and be loved.)

Kaitlyn sent this picture of all the dog cousins she and Tommy kept over the weekend while John and Mandy were gone!


Bekah, Ady, and I met for supper at Toast last night. It was a cold dreary, rainy night so we all ended up ordering hot breakfasts for supper…nothing taste better on a chilly evening. I wanted to celebrate Ady’s first day at her school here in Summerville, She had a good day at school and then a try-out for one swim team in Mt. Pleasant.

As soon as we sat down Ady’s tooth came out…so she was really able to get into that big pancake she got for supper. A fun night for 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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4 Responses to Other Types of Green…

  1. I needed this today. I made the plans for our vacation/trial here in Portugal, and we have come when they are experiencing really bad weather: rain, cold, and wind. The apartment I chose has no heat, not even vents for heat. The one heater does not fit the socket or the adapter we bought. Now, I am trying to find us another place, which will double our costs. I was feeling so stupid and worthless, with my hips and hands hurting from the cold, and every decision seems to be the wrong one. So, I needed this post today, to remind me that we make mistakes and sometimes things pile up, but it does not diminish our value in God’s eyes, even if we are feeling overwhelmed and so tired. Thanks you. I expect it will get better and I need to just let go and know God is with us, and He will see us through this nightmare of my making.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Oh my goodness! I am so sorry for all your plans gone awry. I can only imagine how disappointing this is…you visualize one thing and get another….we, too, are going through an unusual chilly, rainy period of weather that has forced me to keep on my robe in the house and sit on a heating pad while reading…if I am not staying warm with movement. I pray circumstances will change…hopefully clear up and you can enjoy the rest of your well deserved vacation.

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  2. bcparkison says:

    I once read a story about a woman who said she felt rich when ever she had fresh fruit and flowers in the house. Simple is always the best.


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