Finding a New Direction Through Change

Staying Open to Change

Dear Reader:

Before the mischievous leprechauns turned my world upside down last Wednesday ( St Patrick’s Day) I took writing a daily blog for granted.

True, occasionally, the cousins -the computer gremlins, would play tricks with me, but on the whole my daily life was pretty predictable… and a quiet confidence surrounded me.

Life decided it was time to shake my daily world up a little-force me out of my comfort zone and turn me in a new direction.

These past few days I have felt like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz on the dark scary path of woods outside the security of the yellow brick road…” Lions and Tigers and Bears. Oh My!”

You might remember before the computer crash we had been examining four life lessons from Brene Brown but had not gotten to the last one-Vulnerability!

Well, I for one, really need that lesson right now!

Brene first dispels two myths about vulnerability-the first is that vulnerability is weakness and the second that it’s optional!

First… not only is vulnerability not a weakness… it probably the most accurate measure of our individual courage!

We all find ourselves in vulnerable situations throughout our lives…so the only choice we truly have is in how we handle these vulnerable moments in life.

Brown says ” The key to transforming vulnerability into courage is learning how to recognize them, feel them, and ultimately make the choice to simply be there, with that horrible tangle of uncertainty and risk! When you know what you are feeling and why, you can slow down, breathe, pray, ask for support-and make choices that reflect who you are and what you believe.

So until tomorrow …thank you readers for your loyal support while I continue learning new programs and trying to decide where my next text niche will fall best for me! ❤️

” Today is getting to be my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

Since my computer indoor sanctuary has been compromised with all the new programs to learn while in a vulnerable state seeking my own inner courage… my garden has become my go to place for comfort!

Look at all the new flowers I have planted along the garden path with the help of Mother Nature and spring azaleas!

The colors of Spring

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 Finding a New Direction Through Change

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Thank you for having courage to forge on through this vulnerable time…your readers greatly appreciate it. Love your flowers.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Thank you…the pansies are not happy with this ultra warm weather…hope it cools back down for awhile …at least low 70’s. I feel like the little Dutch boy trying to plug up the dam with his thumb…as soon as i get one wrinkle ironed out…here comes a dozen more….but in the end it will all work out.


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