Aging is a Gift… if You Trust Your ” Gut”

2022… How Happy I am to See You!

Dear Reader:

When I think back to 2008… it no longer makes me nervously push back scary memories of solemn doctors’ faces, a lot of head shaking and scary medical terms I thought I would never hear-malignancy, breast cancer and in-curable. Instead, today, I am filled with smiles of hindsight at the realization …Life Pt 2 was just about to commence… the best was yet to be… in spite of living with on-going metastatic breast cancer.

Out of the ashes of challenging diagnoses I was witnessing myself growing braver by the day. After all… what did I have to lose?

Fourteen years later… my faith grows stronger with each passing trip around the sun, my 5 grandchildren ( of whom I had none in 2008) are flourishing, I am in a constant happy hunt for new stories (my personal building blocks) and I get to share my daily ordinary life with all of you… and that is still unbelievably extraordinary!)

Hoda and Jenna had a life coach on their show yesterday. I only caught part of the interview but it made me stop and reflect on the challenges I just listed and how my dreams turned to reality when I answered one simple question-” What brought me joy?” Immediately I knew… reading, writing, and sharing stories of every genre imaginable including true inspirational stories, like finding St Jude’s Chapel of Hope … that turned my life upside down.

If It’s Not Right… Go Left”

Author Kristen Glosserman, life coach, explains in her book that trusting in one’s gut is the most important catalyst in living the life we were meant to live. We should speak our dream out loud, give voice to it, and then write it out- turn dreams into active reality!

My best example for this process is my friend Anne! Since retiring from three decades of teaching, she has become a musician ( fiddle) and artist! Equally amazing at both and she brings such joy to both works of art with her own unique perspectives!

Earlier this week all her hard work paid off as an local art committee singled out Anne to display her pictures and crafts in our local gallery! In her own words:

” I am thrilled to have been accepted into the Carnes Crossroads Artist Cooperative-their gallery is housed at the Public Works Art Center on Richardson Avenue in downtown Summerville.

Here are some samples of Anne’s newest artistic endeavor-creating indigo designs on all kinds of cloth materials and clothing, ( Move over Eliza Lucas Pinckney-creator of the indigo trade in colonial South Carolina-Anne Peterson is moving in… making you proud! )

So until tomorrow… ” Life is either a daring adventure or nothing” Helen Keller

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

*** As children we were asked what we wanted to do when we grew up… now that we have ” done” what we did… don’t you think the more important question is ” Who do we want to BE!” No matter our age… it is never too late to find the answer in the mirror… “Who Am I?”

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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6 Responses to Aging is a Gift… if You Trust Your ” Gut”

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Love this…and Anne and you are two wonderful examples…❤

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  2. You are such a gift and an inspiration. I thank God for you. Boy, are your grandchildren growing!

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      I know….slow down Boo’s Crew- they just aren’t listening. 🙂 How are your classes still going- or are you finished?

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      • My classes are great. I earned two A+ and one A. But, then I have a lot of time to study, being retired, This is my second semeter. I am doing only two classes a semester now, as the last one was quite tiring. I do ask myself when I would rather be watching British murder mysteries, what was I thinking? But, over all, I thank God for the opportunity to keep stretching my mind.

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  3. I love this. I am looking for the courage to live your last quote.

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