It’s Never Too Late to Start Over…

Dear Reader:

Don’t we all have those days that just seem to start out wrong and go downhill from there? After the first five things in our to-do list goes ” south” we know it is probably going to continue unless we re-create or re-prioritize our expectations.

Yet… have you noticed how many inspiring stories have evolved from the pandemic? It was as if each person was mired down in life, unhappy and unfulfilled. Life post-pink slip became the welcoming catalyst to a new improved world for many people. They only discovered their true passion after getting laid off.

I was fortunate I realize, upon reflection, that though teaching didn’t pay much it did provide security, especially as a single parent with three children. And I did love teaching… as difficult and time-consuming as it was. But the one thing I did right was to put myself out there to story tell at conferences, conventions that lead to conducting workshops for teachers with my buddy, Carol Poole, that lead to leadership roles at the state level and then scholarships to travel. I realized my passion was storytelling and helping future teachers through summer workshops and college courses acquire the ability to integrate it into their curriculums.

Then when I turned sixty-two years after being diagnosed with breast cancer another passion opened up -writing. I started the blog Chapel of Hope Stories-and the rest is history! No doubt God sent His guardian angels to keep me heading in the right direction. These angels still are my family and friends who encouraged me and visually / physically took me to St Jude’s Chapel of Hope.

I could easily relate to a televised story yesterday on Joe Treat, who at 62, found his passion creating animals from driftwood. He had never done anything artistic before but he could ” see” animals within drift wood he picked up on the shore. One day, with no prior training he started creating sculpted animals from driftwood and displaying them in the front yard. Cars started slamming on brakes and knocking on his door to purchase them.

” It’s never too late to find your passion”

So until tomorrow… Put yourself in a position that when opportunity comes to knock… you are ready to open the door.

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

I kept Eloise and Lachlan Saturday … we had fun! Bazooka bubblegum and all!

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 It’s Never Too Late to Start Over…

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