Days are Filled with Clues to Life’s Mysterious Connections

(Painter: Mojarto- paintings on life’s mysteries)

Dear Reader:

Oscar Wilde once wrote “The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.”  Since yesterday I understand that paradoxical comment…sometimes it is something right in front of us that connects us back to the universe…some flicker of recognition that solves a small mystery in our lives…like something on a film screen!

After finishing with my primary doctor’s appointment (right before noon) a sudden thought crossed my mind. Several of you blog readers had emailed or texted me how much you or your children/grandchildren loved the Disney movie Christopher Robin. The local theater had a twelve o’clock showing…if I hurried I could just make it.

As I scurried inside the movie theater, afraid I was late, I had to laugh. I was the only one in the theater. The movie has been playing for almost three weeks and the first noon showing is never a popular one…but still I had to giggle…just me and the movie screen. Until…about five minutes into the movie a family with two little girls came and sat down from me. *They were so cute…oohing and aahing over Christopher Robin’s friends – Pooh and the gang!

As soon as Pooh arrives on the scene in the movie… his most popular advice to a stressed, overworked, troubled adult, Christopher Robin, is…“Doing nothing often leads to the very best kind of something.” By the second time he says it…my mind flickers back to yesterday’s blog on doing nothing. When I got home I re-read the blog and found my own personal quote on how I was going to end my ‘nothing’ day:

…”Walk in the garden in the evening and thank God for a day in which “nothingness” included a lot of important “somethings” …like talking to Him.” (Who knew…me and Pooh!)

The whole theme of Christopher Robin involves Pooh and the gang helping Robin find himself again (as an adult) and live life to the fullest…like he had once done in 100 Acres with his childhood friends. He has forgotten how to play.

I do think this movie will become a Disney classic…(like Hollywood predicts)…it is a movie one can watch as a child and adult, while sharing the same understanding about taking time to play and imagine. It should never stop at childhood.

There are many powerful metaphors in the film…one of which is watching  Christopher Robin   return to his childhood “roots” through the secret tree back to a world of kindness, compassion, friendship and basic goodness of heart.

The world turns upside down with this new adventure…because now it is the animals who must save Christopher Robin from his downward spiraling professional and personal problems…whereas it once had always been  Christopher Robin who rescued his furry friends from trouble as a child.

At the very end…I had to smile to myself again. The producers saved my favorite Pooh quote (that I sign off with everyday to end my blog) to end the movie the same way. A God Wink…absolutely!

 

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh 

It certainly was mine. In fact August 22, 2018 will go down in my journal as a “Rendez Vous with Winnie the Pooh.” (And Christopher Robin)

So until tomorrow…

The Irish poet, Oscar Wilde, started the blog and another Irish poet, John O’Donohue, will end it with this last stanza…

 

The Inner History of a Day

So at the end of this day, we give thanks
For being betrothed to the unknown
And for the secret work
Through which the mind of the day
And wisdom of the soul become one.

My blessing plaque arrived late yesterday afternoon and I set it up in Big Red’s pot with Little Red’s pot on top….blessings from Big Red to Little Red to continue the adventure.

Here is one mystery solved…remember the flying creature that flew into the first moon flower bloom…that strange-looking black thing?…Doodle texted and told me I was close to the right answer in suspecting (initially) that it was a hummingbird…it was actually a hummingbird moth!

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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3 Responses to Days are Filled with Clues to Life’s Mysterious Connections

  1. bcparkison says:

    Oh….I have ordered the movie and can’t wait. I am so glad you think it is agood one. Disney has been up to al lot of mischief lately and you never know what they are going to thrown in.

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  2. Well you did agood supply of God-winks-and your post may serve as one for me!! thank you! I love Christopher Robin (and Pooh) the wisdom in the books is wonderful. My cat is named Christopher Robin!

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