We’re Never the Same

Dear Reader:

Yesterday afternoon I went to my mailbox and there were two envelopes inside from two wonderful friends….’How thoughtful!’ I thought to myself…since both were note card sizes with handwritten addresses on them that I immediately recognized.

I opened the first one, read the sweet card message on the outside and the personal note inside. I then opened the second envelope. It took me a second to register it was the exact same card with the same inscribed words and message on the outside. And even though the personal message ran along a similar track of thoughts as the first…two different personalities shone through…both kind and caring.

I smiled at the coincidence until I realized it was another ‘God Wink.’ Even though both cards looked the same upon first glance…there was a subtle difference in the appearance. The card to the left was a lighter shade of pink with the replica card on the right …a darker pink. Close…but different upon a second glance of study.

There it was…my observation for today’s post… (Thanks God)… nothing in life is really the same…at least not the same upon closer scrutiny. In a world where billions of life forms, both plant and animal, break down into similar species or categories…each individual animal or plant is always just a little different… if we take the time to study it.

God purposefully  made each of us unique. There is no one else like us in this world…no matter how similar we might think we are in physical appearance or personality or even spirituality to someone else…we each bring something distinctive to the table that no one, on earth, can bring … but us.

There is a reason for that…we are all miracles and as such have magical powers that no one can ever take from us. We are already enough, no matter what stage of life we are in. We came fully constructed…built according to God’s design. Any flaws that we perceive are all in our minds…not in God’s. To Him we have been perfect since we first were created…when we were a little more than a “butter bean.”

Janet and Pam…I think God purposefully had both of you send me closely resembled cards because He must think I need a double dose of the message on the card…to sink into my thick head. The cards read:

“Get lots of rest, keep your spirits high…hope you feel better as each day goes by.”

And with a double dose of that wisdom…I do.

Now here’s a funny thought…Three days ago I sent Libby a different get-well card (love the turtle drinking a Pina Colada) with a similar message about taking time to rest and recover from her recent surgery.

What if Libby gets another card from another friend…just like mine? Stranger things have happened. Let us know Libby if you do!

“Take it easy, Things will wait. Relax, Renew, Recuperate.”

*I imagine we have all probably gotten the same/similar Happy Birthday, or Get-Well, or Sympathy cards over an extended period of time….but getting two get-well cards that end up sitting on top of each other in a mailbox, on the same exact day, is quite phenomenal.

*Do share with us…if this has happened to any of you?

So until tomorrow…Remember… YOU. ARE. ENOUGH. There is not another you in the universe…so be at peace with yourself.

*”Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Anne sent me this similar greeting for a new day that she likes too…not quite the same as Winnie but similar in thought and feeling. (Maya Angelou words)


Safe travels Anne…she is flying up to Maine…to a “fiddler” camp so she can enjoy other fiddlers’ company and learn from each other. Have fun!

Thank you Kaitlyn for the stone, crystal and homemade slate of Fungi…the Dingle Dolphin …made from natural slate and locally sourced beach pebbles. (Dingle, Ireland)


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 We’re Never the Same

  1. bcparkison says:

    How fun can life be? And the fact you could see a sight difference is amazing.When I am ask to make several cards, all the same, it is hard and there is always a slight difference. O course you expect a machine printed card to be the same but light does play tricks on us. Maybe one sat in the sun too long.


  2. Joan says:

    Becky I am sorry you are not feeling well and wish you improved wellness everyday💕
    Here is a coinkedink from several years ago when a John and Mandy visited us during Thanksgiving. I saw Mandy standing at the window about 8:30 in the evening and she said she thought there was a fire across the street. You could clearly see
    That there was smoke and a fire in the back of the house. The sirens went off and five fire trucks pulled up…full gear and hoses and the fire was out in record time. Off went the trucks on toward the mountain.The next morning Michele called me and said there was a fire across the street from her house and she lives two streets behind us and about four blocks down. Same scenario as above. Haven’t seen the fire trucks again over here which is a good thing.


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