Stop Over-thinking and Do More Over-Living

Dear Reader:

When I saw this latest painting by Kelly Rae Roberts….I thought this image was the closest art similarity to the way my mind works…that I have ever seen on canvas. I have often wished that I could lock up my self-detrimental over-thinking and just let the universe guide my way. What a relief it would be to just let go and trust in a Power greater than me! And isn’t that what God tries to tell and show us each and every day?

But as hard as I try…sometimes more successfully than others…I find myself still trying to hang onto that last piece of the string left by the far-away kite of change.

* Now I know (what I have already suspected) Kelly Rae and I are soul sisters of a type)…picturing in our memory images solutions to every day problems.

On her latest blog she had big news….she and her husband, John, and their eight-year-old son, True, are moving to the country…to a simpler life. She had resisted it for years while her husband has yearned to live in a small town surrounded by woods and mountains.

But recently Kelly knew the time was right. This was where their family belonged now. They are moving to the middle of Oregon, from Portland, to a small artsy town called Sisters.

It got is name from three volcanic mountains, named the Sisters, that surround the town. The sisters’ names are Faith, Hope, and Charity. All the signs started coming together to make this move go smoothly…or as we would say God’s Winks started appearing.

“And this is me, (Kelly writes) a few days ago at our yard sale. Letting our belongings go. Embracing change. Embracing new beginnings. Trusting that we’ll land right where we’re supposed to be. Trusting the mess during the fall. Being sensitive to all this means for True,  my parents, and us, including the hard parts.”

There is an ease that comes with letting go and allowing, a sweet spot of breathing room to let the universe (or packers, or movers, or realtors…) do their job. 

Allowing the unfolding is about openness, immense amounts of trust, and the magic waiting for us when we’re willing to truly let go, even just a little bit.”


The nice thing about letting go of “over-thinking” is that we don’t even have to make a physical change or move….just a spiritual one. Letting go isn’t a one time thing; it is an every day thing we must face head-on, with faith leading the path, while we wave good-bye.

So until tomorrow…

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

We finally did it last night. We got my brother down here for his belated birthday. Just in the nick of time….my niece (Ben’s daughter) had oral surgery (some wisdom teeth removal) early this morning so last night, as we humorously recognized, was Bekah’s “Last Supper” for awhile. Ady, my grand-niece was also it ended up being a nice (long over-due) family gathering.

*Thinking of you today Bekah and hope all goes well and you will be up and at’em again in no time!



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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8 Responses to Stop Over-thinking and Do More Over-Living

  1. bcparkison says:

    Becky, I am going to repost this so my friend over at the Rabbit Patch will see.
    She is in the process of “letting go” and making some big changes too. Thanks. for reminding us to let go.

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  2. Rabbit patch is here and yes!!! this was perfect for me!! thank you and may God bless your new journey. Overthinking is tiresome.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Thank you for becoming a member of the Chapel of Hope Stories family. I so appreciate your following my blog and your kind comment. I love your lay-out and wonderful thoughts….we aren’t too far apart…I live outside Charleston, SC in a place called Summerville, SC! Carolinians!

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  3. Roz VanAlstyne says:

    Sisters, Oregon is a beautiful small town. My sister was just there for their quilt festival. She said there was over 1500 quilts hung on building exteriors throughout the town!

    Miss you! We didn’t go to th beach this year…instead welcomed our 6th grandchild in Seattle!


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Wow! You have me beat now….and I thought I was doing good with my fabulous five! Was it a little boy or girl and how did you like Seattle? Kelly Rae Roberts mentioned in her magazine article that it was the “quilting queen city” of the west. I bet seeing all those quilts are spectacular hanging up all over town.


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