Let’s Put Our Fears Behind and Start Our Brave New World in 2020

Dear Reader:

This is a short post today because I just have one thought I would like to share with all of us starting a new year and a clean slate on life.

I accidentally came across this observation by John O’Donohue and it spoke to me.

Aren’t we all guilty of not turning dreams into reality for fear…fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of not being able to bring our dream alive …thus ending a life long yearning. And then where would that leave us…with just cluttered broken dreams for a life? Don’t we often ask ourselves…”Is it not better toleave well enough alone?”

We all know the answer to that question deep down inside of each of us. We each have been given an unique gift from God and unless we are using it…we are not living our lives completely. We are short-changing our one precious journey we call life.

Here is the quote that made me stop and think about the importance of entering that unknown frontier we each must cross in order to find our true beings…who we were meant to be.

“May I have the courage today To live the life that I would love, To postpone my dream no longer But do at last what I came here for And waste my heart on fear no more.”

So until tomorrow…”One day…or DAY ONE…you decide.”

“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

*OOPS! I almost forgot “Rabbit, rabbit” while concentrating on dreams in the New Year. So, even like me, if you are a little later saying it today…”No Problem…just get it in today before midnight“! 🙂

Courage takes energy and Anne invited me over for a “spontaneous” supper Monday night. We decided to start on the southern good luck kick-off meal early. A little extra luck never hurt anyone.

In fact Anne packed me a ‘goodie’ bag to save for New Year’s Day… so all the  bases are covered. On the way over to her house the skies gave me an unbelievable taste of the beauty of 2020 to come.

On the last day of 2019 I took Eva Cate (as a part of my Christmas present for her)…to see Little Women with Boo Boo. She has read the book and seen three earlier versions of it…she is a “Little Women” buff!

I can think of no better way to end the year …watching my granddaughter learn and absorb the most important life lesson of all- to continue to show up for life…even when our dreams are momentarily dashed. Victory always goes to those who persevere and deliberately make themselves vulnerable to all possibilities.

*Making memory days…girl time in 2019…hopefully more in 2020!

Happy New Year One and All! I hope only the best for each of you!


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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6 Responses to Let’s Put Our Fears Behind and Start Our Brave New World in 2020

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    I remembered to say Rabbit…Happy New Year…


    • Becky Dingle says:

      OMG! Thank you for reminding me. I made a mad dash to get a photo taken and added to the post….we are good until midnight…so everyone don’t forget ( like me) to say “Rabbit, Rabbit”!!!!!!!!!!!:::):):)


  2. I made two copies of the quote, and I put one over my desk and the other next to the mirror in my bedroom. I want to stay reminded to dream and stay true to my dreams. You know I thought that when we fulfill some dreams and get into our sixties, that we stop dreaming. But, maybe not! I absolutely love the picture of your grandchildren. I started reading you when Eloise was just born, and I was fascinated at the name because my mother’s name was Eloise! Have a great year, and I look forward to the wonderful posts you will write in 2020!


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Thanks for your response- what a way to start the New Year! Always look forward to hearing from you! Happy New Year!

      Sent from my iPhone


  3. ambikasur says:

    Happy New year to you all Becky!! May this year bring loads of prosperity, blessings and happiness to all..
    By the way, God blessed us with a 3rd son on 20th December 2019.. Not decided his name yet, will let you know later.. Do remember all my 3 boys in your prayers..loads of. Love…


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Wow! Congratulations Ambika! Three sons! Fantastic! Someone has her hands full! And just in time for Christmas! You, your husband, and all three boys are in our prayers! Happy New Year! How much your life has changed since we first met on the blog post…God works in mysterious ways!


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