“Even Small Steps Will Get You Where You’re Going”

Dear Reader:

When I received this note card from Gin-g the other day….I thought to myself…’How true.’ If there is one thing I have learned from this latest medical experience, it is that healing takes time.

Even now, while still in the midst of the bi-weekly procedures I can see a little difference each time in the wound….but it still is just a ‘little.’ What I have to keep reassuring myself is that a bunch of “little” improvements equate eventually to a total recovery.

The best thing is that I am not doing it alone. Friends and family are transporting me back and forth each week while other neighbors, friends, and family are dropping off food supplies on a continuous basis. The inside message of Gin-g’s card sums it up perfectly…

Recovery takes time.

Just know you’re not

on the journey alone.

Take care.

This experience is definitely a metaphor for life. It doesn’t matter if we take large, giant steps as we follow our journey or small, baby ones…we are all going to get to our individual destinations exactly where and when we are supposed to…

In the article, 7 Powerful Ways to Change Your Life, (Elyse Santilli) cites this powerful sixth step… based on the importance of taking small steps.

Take small steps daily

“Making a huge life transformation or going after a major dream is hard – but taking one step in the right direction each day is easy, and before you know it, you will end up where you are aiming to be.

You don’t need to know every step of the journey in advance before going after your goals and dreams. In fact, it’s impossible – you simply cannot predict all of the twists, turns, opportunities, circumstances and ideas that will come into your life along the way.

You just need to have your vision in mind, and commit to taking small steps in the general direction of that vision on a daily basis.

There is a proverb that says: “Within each step, you will find the next step”.

It means that when you take a small step forward, then you will be in a better position to see what to do next. With each step forward, you will learn what needs to happen next.”

Steve Jobs explained the idea with this example:

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.

This is where God comes in…only He can show us the pattern  within the dots in our lives…and He does this through small steps. 

So until tomorrow…We shouldn’t overwhelm ourselves with big transformations that scare us away from doing anything new…we just have to take the next step…therein lies the direction for the following step and so on and so on and so on.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Today is (Linda) Jackson’s Birthday. She was rather hesitant about turning this number since the rest of the three of us have all had some unforeseen medical problems crop up….but we are going to keep the bad mojo away from our Jackson…with two knee replacement surgeries behind her…she’s had enough. So HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACKSON…THE BEST IS YET TO BE!

The Ya’s are coming tomorrow to my house so we can all celebrate Jackson’s birthday here together. Can hardly wait!





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 “Even Small Steps Will Get You Where You’re Going”

  1. Honey Burrell says:

    Happy Birthday Jackson!


  2. bcparkison says:

    Yes!!! Happy birthday Jackson. You girls have a great time….Like I need to remind you of that. lol


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