” We are Whole Only When We Take Into Account Our Shadows”

Dear Reader:

The shadows of a person represent one’s weaknesses but without this recognition …we would not grow stronger and turn forward focusing on new opportunities and adventures.

The Ya’s have all lost and re-discovered our shadows-after two and a half years… today we will reunite at Edisto ! This reunion has not come easy. Life-threatening disease, long-distance moves, family crises and unexpected emergencies have all tried to dissolve our gathering this week-but we are Ya YaStrong!

In coming back together for much needed rest and peace we also acknowledge that our individual paths leading us here do not take us to task to judge the worthiness of our paths, but instead demands we walk our paths with worthiness .

This week will be filled with laughter and no doubt-some tears but at this stage in our lives we are coming to realize that we all are seeking the spirit in the small moments of our everyday life.

So until tomorrow… this week will be a celebration of the ordinary, a reminder that when all else is stripped away, a life lived with love is enough!

( Small Graces) Nerburn

” Today is my FAVORITE day” Winnie the Pooh

Blast from the Past

Vickie reminded me of this empty lot in Summerville where wild morning glories bloom in reckless abandon and startling profusion!

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 ” We are Whole Only When We Take Into Account Our Shadows”

  1. Jo Dufford says:

    Oh, how wonderful to gather again with people who are a part of you at such a beautiful place! I believe it was Robert Browning who said, “God is in His Heaven—-All is right with the world.” I hope you have much joy and fun and find that peace among your troubles that passes all understanding.


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