Laughing at Life’s Unexpected Twists

Dear Reader:

Aren’t we humans a mess? We add so much unnecessary stress to our daily lives.. trying to live up to some imaginary scenario about how we should appear in public, weigh, keep house, parent, and work. We base this “ideal” on self- perception  (as dictated by societal “norms”)… rather than the finality of truth.

The fall edition of Magnolia Journal centers around a popular term these days…wholeness. The title reads “In Pursuit of Happiness////Wholeness.

Joanna said she picked up immediately from her team when they talked about “wholeness” that somehow we have gotten the wrong idea that being “whole” is reaching utopia or perfection. Not so…according to editor Joanna Gaines.

Joanna believes it is all the parts of our individual stories that make us “complete/whole”…the sad, sorrowful, broken, hard times deserve just as much time in our stories as the good, happy, and successful times. We need to be accepting of ourselves as all that we already are….a continuous work in progress…not just what we aim to be. We are “whole” every day.

Next time you make a daily To-Do list….title it EVERYTHING I’M SUPPOSED TO DO TODAY. (the unrealistic societal list) and then at the end of the day  reflect on what you actually did that day. Be ready to laugh and have fun again laughing at ourselves and enjoying life to the fullest. Many times things do get done…just not the way we thought! 🙂


And now the heading: WHAT I ACTUALLY DID TODAY!







“When we’re willing to loosen our grip on the to-do list and laugh at life’s unexpected twists, suddenly the day becomes a little more do-able and a lot more interesting….no longer a failure but fulfilling.”

So until tomorrow….Smile and just keep smiling…life is worth each one.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Yesterday morning when I went to my “office” and sat on the sofa in the early morning hours…I was lost in thought about an idea for this blog post. Suddenly the sun shot in and lightened my round rocking chair rug with lights and shadows. So pretty!

As tempting as it is in life sometimes to just sit and rock while watching our round world turn over and over between night and day, brightness and darkness, light and shadows ….we will never be remembered for a life of sedentary  rocking…unless we “rock” to the beat of our own drum leading us along our path to fulfillment.

*I miss seeing Eloise for three weeks and the child gets me back for growing up behind my back…I am coming Eloise…just stop growing! Please! Love, 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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2 Responses to Laughing at Life’s Unexpected Twists

  1. Sis Kinney says:

    Good Monday morning – er, afternoon, Becky!
    I’m just now getting around to reading your blog for today. Which was a GREAT one! And, so, so true!! Don’t we all measure ourselves according to societal “norms” – whatever that might be! – as well as against our friends, neighbors, etc.
    And, we absolutely DO need to “take the good with the bad,” so to speak! All of our broken selves from our past, including our whole selves from the past, go to make up what we are in the present!! It’s amazing how we shun our “bad” and “broken” stories from our past. But, it is those very bad and broken stories from our PAST that make us what we ARE today! We cannot ignore it – it’s a part of who we are. Good, bad, or otherwise, it is what it is.
    Your blog today just really resonated with me (can you tell?) and I love coming every day to read all the inspirational ideas and quotes with which you write your blog! Kudos, kiddo! (???) Keep up the good work!
    (Should have the pathology report from last Wednesday’s surgery by this time next Monday!! Which will add to MY “life story.”)
    Much love,


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Sis…that was just beautiful…you perfectly summed the message up and prayers are out there for you and your family. I hope you got my “surcie” for your open house a week or two back and there is a wall for the plaque to fit somewhere in your home.


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