Be Here Now…

Dear Reader:

For Christmas Doodle gave me a copy of Hoda Kotb’s book called: I Really Needed This Today. Doodle said some of the quotes and thoughts reminded her of Chapelofhopestories….and she hoped I would enjoy receiving words of encouragement and motivation too.

…and oh how I do!

I am always in search of the perfect phrase, or quote, or thought to address an issue I am going through. After I write about it in the daily post… it always brings me such happiness when another reader says this was exactly the same dilemma he/she was struggling with….

In the preface of the book Hoda mentioned that she had started sharing thoughts and ideas from other people or books years ago…on air and on her website…and like me, found it so comforting to know our struggles are not that unique….and everyone is searching for the answer to some conflict in their lives.

I randomly opened the book and it fell to a message written for January…it touched home with me…called “Be Here Now.” ( Ram Dass)

Hoda writes:

“In the twelve years since I’ve known my friend Jennifer Miller, she’s probably said these very words to me a few dozen times. It’s a phrase she learned from her mother, Bev, whom I never had the honor of meeting. “Be here now.”

Her mother’s words serve as a memory for Jen and a mantra for us all-a suggestion, reminder, a verbal tap on our shoulder. Whenever Jen says it to me it’s because she wants to honor our little sliver of now, whatever, and wherever this may be. 

Wow-look around, Hoda. We get to be here now.”


Isn’t it easy to forget this mantra…in a time of unrest and uncertainty? Instead we find ourselves wanting everything to be “normal” again…but the reality is…that is not going to happen.

We will return to some phases of life that we remember and yearn for…in our daily routines…but some things will definitely have changed for good…simply disappeared from our culture.

Andy Andrews understands this concept and has passed this piece of advice along to others….

“Every good thing that has happened in your life happened because something changed.”

Take a moment and ponder this thought.

Remember yesterday when I told you about the amazing and wonderful chain of events that happened to and for me… as a direct result of my cancer prognosis. Why? Because I changed…I finally understood what Hoda’s friend, Jen, was saying…and my life has never been the same.

It’s been better!

So until tomorrow….

Together, sharing life experiences and healing procedures, we can live in the moment…and stop ruminating about “bad yesterdays“…just bid them farewell and forge ahead.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh








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.”
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Be Here Now…

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Amen…and God has a plan…love the quote..


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.