Saying “Yes” to New Ways of Life

Dear Reader:

For many of us the truth of the pandemic is becoming clearer as time goes on. There will come a point when there is no turning back to the “way we were.”

This doesn’t have to be anything ominous…in fact just the opposite… but it will require us recognizing that a global pandemic (in an increasingly smaller world) means that this is the time we need to reach out and  “hold hands…not point fingers” with the inhabitants of our beautiful blue planet. We truly are (as the posters tell us) all in this together…not just by countries and borders but by over 7.8 billion earthly inhabitants.

Just as our children are watching and observing the reactions of the adults in their lives to this crisis… we need to understand the importance of how we interpret, react and rebound from the crises of today and how it will define how we approach and survive the crises of tomorrow.

I heard someone on a talk show who said he had to remind himself, repeatedly,that usually a crisis is a messenger. I think many of us have come to suspect this too…perhaps a way for Mother Earth to say “Enough” ….”How many times have I told you to stop and you just haven’t?” (We can all fill in our personal “stops” that we have witnessed on the daily news and been dismayed…but not enough to take action.)

Now that the crisis is upon us…we need to all turn to love, courage, and kindness collectively to find our way out of this…not fall back on isolating hate, fear, and cruelty. We have that choice to make…and my prayer each night is that we make the right one.


As  seen in the Kelly Rae Roberts note card..we need to practice saying “Yes” to growing and reaching…to healing, soulfulness, vulnerability, joy, change, and new beginnings.





So until tomorrow…If we can’t snap our fingers and change the crisis…then we need to change our mindset…..

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

A “Shout-Out’ to all my children and their spouses…they all have anniversaries in May. Mandy and John are the first and their date was May 3 (12th anniversary)… followed by Tommy and Kaitlyn (calendar-wise) on May 6 (3rd anniversary) and today is Walsh and Mollie’s anniversary on May 13 (8th anniversary)

I can always remember Walsh and Mollie’s anniversary when I forget the others because the wedding took place on Mother’s Day-May 13 at Magnolia Gardens ….and it will always be special for that memory above all else! Congratulations You Two…Love you! Mom

I mentioned earlier that my lantana in the front yard and garden was just about to burst open…Over the past three days all the lantana “spreads” are off and running…they are the best fillers in a garden…for those bare spots where earlier plants bit the dust and they make a beautiful border in the front yard.


Kaitlyn strolling her “senior” dog babies! 🙂 Very creative!


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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