Life is About Beginning Again and Again and Again…

Begin Again!

Dear Reader:

From our first lesson in writing a story or doing a book report, we have been taught to make sure we include a beginning, a middle, and an ending.

This “formula” we discovered… applied to everything in life… movies, live theater, books, sermons, essays, letters etc.

I remember one high school English teacher telling the class that the most important part of the “formula” in real life was not the beginning, or ending but the middle … the life we live between birth and death… the “dash” on the tombstone between our dates of birth and death.

Even though I still agree with this assessment-it is not the ” end- all” either. Life is filled with continuous beginnings if we have the courage to start our lives over again as needed.

Think about it… God is not only the God of second chances but third, fourth, fifth, etc… if we are brave and trusting enough to follow God’s lead.

We should never feel embarrassed or despondent about starting over at any stage of our lives because it is never the same.

So until tomorrow…Beginning over can be the best thing that ever happened to us-forcing us to be open to new possibilities!

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the

* And look at my Gerber Daisy -the first one to come up again this year…right beside the Boo Garden sign without an inch to spare-a new beginning for the third year in a row!

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 Life is About Beginning Again and Again and Again…

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