Thank You for Your Grace

Dear Reader:

The other day, artist and workshop creator, Kelly Rae Roberts was sending out information to purchasers of a “You and Self-Kindness” course she had written. It would consist of 30 emails with different activities to do (over the period of the course) to remind participants that kindness starts first at home with themselves.

Unfortunately, while waiting on a plane in a New York airport, Kelly hit the wrong button and sent out thousands of emails to the wrong list of subscribers…who never signed up for the course. She was horrified and realized that she had to ‘walk the talk’ as embarrassing as it was ….to forgive herself for the mistake first before apologizing to the random subscribers who received the wrong information. A touch of irony definitely. 🙂

There are several ways  Kelly could have handled this “oops” mistake but her quick wit and openness did the trick. She wrote:

Here’s what I’m thinking. Perhaps The Universe wanted you to read that email, which is all about how we can begin to treat ourselves with more compassion? Or perhaps it’s a cosmic test for me to be KIND to myself after making such a big oopsie by sending that email to thousands who weren’t “meant” to receive it? Either way, THANK YOU for your grace.

And please accept my apologies!

Warmly,
Kelly Rae

After reading it I thought to myself how well she handled a potentially big “oopsie” with such humor and a sense of humbleness laced with kindness. I particularly loved her last statement….”Thank you for your grace.”

One day while I was strolling the beach last summer watching the waves roll in…I thought to myself that waves are like grace…no matter whether our lives are calm or turbulent…God’s waves of grace never stop flowing towards us and loving us just as we are.

We certainly didn’t earn God’s grace through any deeds we accomplished but then grace isn’t about earning…grace is about accepting the idea that God loves us in spite of ourselves and our struggles through good and bad periods in our lives.

We don’t have to take a course to learn to accept and be kind to ourselves as we are…nor as we keep hoping we will become…grace means God doesn’t put requirements on His love…we don’t have to make a certain mark to pass or run a certain course in a set amount of time…we don’t have to prove ourselves to God…He already approves Who we are…unconditional love. Such a crazy, outlandish concept to the human mind…but such a beautiful gift beyond our ability to reason and /or explain.

So in ending today…Thank all of you for showing your grace to me as being loyal readers through the diverse posts of thoughts I share with you…not judging…just waiting to see what the topic will bring.

*I do the same thing…until the moment I start typing. Whether the topic is turbulent or peaceful…it is what I am thinking at the moment…and because of God’s continuous, unconditional love I can continue to write freely… without restrictions or inhibitions. The more I think like a child…the more honest the writings.

“The waves come as loving rascals, sun-warmed and sweet, to wash upon the sands. Perhaps that is why the children love to play in them so very much, the spirit of the sea and the children coming together in something we grown ups should have held on to. (Angela Abraham)

So until tomorrow… ‘Thank you readers for your grace.” 

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

 

October is “pink” month for breast cancer and Kathy Worthington found some pictures in the news that not only are pink but also another love in my life…dolphins.

These are rare river dolphins…pink with red eyes…who live in a certain river in Louisiana….a photographer caught a picture of a mother dolphin with her little calf…nature is beautiful…and mysterious.

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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