Getting Comfortable with “Plan B”

Dear Reader:

I remember, some times in the past, longing to live in a world in which my plans could be made and carried out without a hitch or a detour on the first bat out…just knock that ball over the fence and be done with it.  But now, upon further reflection, the most joys and surprises, in my life, have evolved from being forced to fall back on Plan B.

Sometimes I think Plan A’s are the man-made plans….it is us pouring all our early dreams and hopes on one path we individually design. Plan B is God’s plan…the one He knows will work best and knew it all of the time…but He patiently waits for us to discover this for ourselves…as we travel all the detours in life.

I am writing this blog before I head out to the Wound Care Center ( early Friday morning) for the next stage of my foot wound care…here, too, we have fallen back to Plan B but the plan, Dr. Stroud assures me, was normally their Plan A to start with…

You might remember I was the recipient of the newest procedure (Affinity) to help heal deep wounds…we used seven of the ten designated procedures to close the wound and it came close. The wound is measured each week and it did fill in but the problem has been in the covering. My wound seems to be struggling to produce enough skin to finish the “lid.”

So a week ago Friday the medical team decided to drop back and use the more standard “recycled” skin procedure that Dr Stroud assures me should literally “seal the deal.” (* For me…if a doctor tells you… if he were me…this is what he would do…the okay to go ahead is a “sealed deal” too. It all comes down to faith in God’s instruments of healing…the doctors.)

As we go through life…we all, consciously and unconsciously, make many decisions on a daily basis that ultimately steer our life’s pathway….we have to be open to more possibilities than just one way to do something or anything, for that matter, in life.

When God gave us “free will” He gave it freely…we get to pick and choose which paths we go down and what we learn from each adventure (success or disaster) to help us make better choices the next go-around. Those who learn and apply the knowledge of experience do well…those who try to keep repeating the same old worn-out original plan…Plan A…do not. These people spend their lives going round and round in a circle…getting no where.

So until tomorrow…Taking leaps of faith are good for us…like most things in life shaking the drink and stirring the pot makes life taste more delicious for the effort.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

*Spending the night at John and Mandy’s Friday night…so will update you on how Medical Plan B went when I return. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Another bright new season to talk to my plants (they are the best listeners around) and  with my garden fairies to spread pixie dust for a great growing season with beauty abound!





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 Getting Comfortable with “Plan B”

  1. Wishing you great success and healing with Plan B.


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