Never Stop Believing in “Happily Ever After”

Dear Reader:

Spoiler Alert: We are going to get through this and we will be wiser, more compassionate and more contented with what we have…and yes…happier than ever…(after.)

There is a deep satisfaction in making do with what one has…when things are good and life is lived in abundance…we humans have a tendency to waste more and want more. (The opposite of the famous 18th century proverbial words of wisdom that read: “Waste not, want not.”) It simply means to be a good steward with all resources on earth, including personal ones. Then you never have to worry about not having enough in the future.

* I find myself using less sheets of toilet paper these days as I watch my diminishing rolls like a hawk. 🙂

We all grew up with Disney and all the fairy tales that ended with “And they lived happily ever after.” It wasn’t until we had left childhood behind and  experienced several bouts of heart breaks and broken relationships that the fairy tale life lessons became ambiguous at best and disappointing at worst.

In reflection… as a typical human on earth…I now realize that relationships are only “happily ever after” when individual goals and dreams are shared and supported by the other. We should never sacrifice or lose ourselves in a relationship.

I found a notable quote in an old English high school journal of mine from years ago that read: “Never lose sight of who you are and who you hope to be.”  

I realize now that this is a sacred contract between us and our Creator…we only go through life once…so we have to discover our passion …our way to give back to others…during this once-in-a lifetime excursion!

God does, however, send us ‘second chance’ people who help guide us on the right path if we listen. In turn…we need to return the favor of being a “second chance receiver” to a “second chance giver” for someone else. We are all in this journey together and we all deserve “second chances” to find ourselves.

…And when the pilgrimage grows dark and difficult, in times such as these, we all must step up to pull or push fellow travelers in the right direction within community support and compassion.

We have achieved “happiness ever after” when we realize we are exactly where we had once hoped to be…living “Happily ever after” by simply “being.” “Being” is happiness if we are living life to the fullest…for ourselves and others around us.

So until tomorrow:

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

A special thank you to Mollie for surprising me with a package full of Beauty Counter hand cleansers and deep  hand skin lotions…It arrived just in the nick of time.

My poor hands were starting to look rough and red from all the soap washing…it might be good for the virus but it is tough on the hands. I can already tell a huge difference! Thank you so much Mollie for thinking of me!


Happiness in the garden:

Let is all say a prayer each night for our global front-line heroes and heroines!!!! They do have the weight of the world on them right now!

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 Never Stop Believing in “Happily Ever After”

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Love the picture of the health care perdon holding the world up…they are our super heroes in today’s world. The song that has yhe lytics “he ain’t heavy…his my brother,: comes to mind…love you and enjoyed seeing you this wrek…a real blessing…


    • Becky Dingle says:

      That soup you left makes me feel like superwoman…packed with protein and vegetables…I can feel my body strengthening each time I help myself to some more and that is on and off all day! 🙂 So good to see you and finally chat with you on the phone exchanging ideas. Fun!


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