Try Again

Hope Reborn

Dear Reader:

We all know that life counterbalances between contentment, peace, serenity… and adversity …appearing, unexpectedly in a diversity of unsettling forms.

When I woke up Tuesday morning and walked out to my garden I was met with this scene!

Confederate Rose

My Confederate Rose had literally fallen during the night-perhaps a reenactment of the Legendary Confederate soldier being shot? I think not… all the other stems were dry and brittle-so I pulled them out and lugged them to the front for disposal.

Trying Again

Since the stem was still alive with the blooms on it, I added more potting soil/ water and placed it back in the hole …letting it prop against the garage wall temporarily. It was then I saw the title picture-new blossoms were forming on a separate small stem-Hope survived. The Confederate Rose had not given up.

In 2020 Brene Brown returned to her alma mater ( University of Texas) to share her thoughts on never giving up. Five Key Words comprised her advice to the Covid-19 class of 2020.


” To get back up from a fall, to get back up from a setback, to get back up from what we’re in right now, you have to acknowledge you’re down, that you’ve fallen, failed, made a mistake.

You have to be brave enough to acknowledge that you’re hurting, that you’re sad, disappointed, grieving, feeling shame; whatever feeling you’re in, you have to own it. We cannot begin again, when we’re dragging unspoken and unexplored emotions behind us. We have to be brave and curious and to dig into the feelings of a fall.”

After starting the day with this plant ” fall” … I was praying that things would improve when the heating/ air mechanic checked my unit-hoping he could just replace a part. Unfortunately the unit was so old there were no parts still in existence to replace the two needed- but still determined …my mechanic told me he was going to try the parts ” cemetery” and was gone for hours looking. All to no avail.

But then things began turning around-the unbelievable price he gave me for the installation and new unit was so much lower than I dared hoped for…I could cover it without a costly loan-it was almost exactly the amount I had saved for a ” rainy” day-instead it would be used for ” chilly” days followed seasonally by hot ones! Hope, once again, had come through and a guardian angel of a mechanic who went the extra mile for me.

So until tomorrow… falls teach us much more about ourselves than any achievements ever will. During trying times… dig down… you just might discover buds waiting to bloom again!

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

” Get back up. Begin again!”

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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4 Responses to Try Again

  1. Jo Dufford says:

    Thank you again for always taking time to write this every day. Your outlook on the adversities of life is always so refreshing and indeed, inspirational.


  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    So glad that it worked…and hope the Confederate rose bush survives…


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