Happiness and Strength… Go Hand in Hand

Dear Reader:

Have you ever considered that happiness and strength are one and the same? Think about it…when someone enters a room whose personality is upbeat and happy…doesn’t a sense of strength and confidence  exude from this person? People are drawn to them like moths to light.

Yet when another enters the room with a somber overtone and averted eyes don’t we (more times than not) discover that this type of personality usually is not confident, always comparing themselves to others and coming up short in their own eyes, pouty, and disdainful of others who do have positive upbeat outlooks on life.

…And it really has nothing to do with social or financial status…it is an inner sense of contentment and joy that prevails with certain people… no matter the circumstances in their life at the time.

When people go through life always dissatisfied, always looking for greener pastures, always believing they are getting short-changed… …they never break out of these outlook on life patterns. They never see themselves the way God sees each and every one of us.

When we judge ourselves lacking…we not only aren’t helping ourselves but we end up serving no one. God gave each of us an unique strength…we each have what it takes to inhabit it fully.

Kate Wolfe Jensen perhaps says it best ” You can begin to catch a glimpse of your brilliance by noticing what brings you joy. What’s easy for you? What makes your heart sing?

When you are happy, you are strong and you can share your delight with others. That will bring them strength.”

It is only through sharing our strengths and weakness that we can allow others to strengthen our weaknesses while using our strengths to do the same for them. We each have personal gifts to share.

We each are enough…we are unique…in fact we are downright magnificent! 🙂

So until tomorrow…If you want a memorable life, the research is very clear: You have to live a life worth remembering.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Loved getting my postcard yesterday from Rutledge while he was visiting  grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins in New Hampshire and the White Mountains! Love you back Rutledge! Boo Boo!

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 Happiness and Strength… Go Hand in Hand

  1. bcparkison says:

    Bless his heart. I hope he will keep up sending post cards and letters . it seems people have forgotten this art.


  2. Patty Knight says:

    Such true words!!!! You inspire me every day!
    Loved seeing that sweet postcard!
    Love you😍


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