Learning to see the “New Now” as an Adventure

Dear Reader:

I wonder why I am so surprised when an old computer, appliance, heating and air conditioning unit, as well as, a half dozen other home apparatus breaks down? Do I forget how long I had it for and how well it served me?

No! I act like I am a victim of the universe and pout. I have certainly lived long enough to understand that nothing is permanent in this world. There should be a blinking neon sign over the top of everything in this life reminding us that Everything and Everyone is temporary…Get Over It!

I am slowly realizing that a “New Now” arrives with each tick of the clock. I need to change my attitude and grab the moment…instead of playing the permanent role of Eeyore!

I came across this quote that made me smile with some added wisdom.

“If you can change it, there is no reason to worry about it…if you can not change it…there’s no reason to worry about it.”

In the title drawing…we see one of the earliest “tech” inventions by mankind…the wheel. Think about the implications of this innovation….now man could pull and later let animals pull essential food supplies to gatherings, rocks and bricks to build pyramids, and armies to battle…for every invention there is a negative…depending on how man is chooses to use thought processes…for good or evil.

Today this is still true…the new technical age can unite the world as one in communication or destroy the world…only man can decide.

Another lesson I have learned going through this transition is that “When God solves our problems we have faith in His abilities; when God doesn’t solve our problems, He has faith in OUR abilities.” (That’s a lot of pressure God…but I am trying.)

So until tomorrow…

I want to be more comfortable being uncomfortable…to be more confident while uncertain. I want to push back to make room between ‘I Can’t and “I Can”… a place called “I WILL!”

“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

…And happiness comes with blooms from my first two old-fashion sunflowers

Quite honestly…I can acclimate to any “New Now” world as long as it has cookies in it…and award-winning paintings about cookies a.k.a. Anne Peterson! Congratulations on your “Cookie Love”- winning the Community Choice Award at the Public Works Art Center’s “Love Letters” Exhibition!

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 Learning to see the “New Now” as an Adventure

  1. Lynn Gamache says:

    Hello Becky and a happy Easter to you and yours.
    I wonder how you will celebrate this weekend? Whatever, nothing can separate us from His love which was expressed for all of us on the cross so long ago. But the message for all is the same today: “He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!”
    Loved the painting, Cookie Love, by your friend Anne too. Yesterday I baked cookies and made up plates to take to friends for an Easter treat. For most, “Nothing says lovin.like something from the oven!” (esp. if they have a sweet tooth).


    • Becky Dingle says:

      I love the quote…too cute and so true. All the family (adults) has had at least one vaccination- with most of us having too…South Carolina opened up vaccinations to every adult, regardless of age a couple of weeks ago….Hallelujah. So we are ready to hug and have a good old-fashioned gathering…it will be at my daughter Mandy’s this year….her family and Walsh and Mollie’s family are off to Florida for their spring break the day after Easter…Disney World…camping out. But being together again and getting ready for the hunt with family has already made me so happy!! Can hardly wait until Sunday. Have a marvelous Easter Lynn!


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