Letting Our Spirituality Bring Us Full Circle-The Best Part of Aging

Dear Reader:

I mentioned yesterday that I was starting an article on another perspective about ” exciting” aging when Betsy let me know about about the 95th anniversary of Winnie the Pooh-a little bear near and dear to my heart. Stop! Pause! Go with the story at hand! ( Wish I could click my fingers and be in East Sussex at Winnie’s B n’ B-wasn’t it adorable?

When different articles, television discussions, sentences from books, conversations with friends conspire to gravitate to a mutual central topic … I know to follow the path …to share on my post.

While investigating…I learned that physical aging can certainly be challenging, ( an understatement) but spiritual growth is ageless! In fact… the older we get the more opportunity we have to see our lives as simply being on the brink of awestruck inner revelations that we never contemplated before.

In one article Jo sent me on aging… a new perspective spoke to me. It suggested that every time we stare up at the moon we should be visually consumed by God’s beauty in our lives and give thanks to God for it.

Everyday we feel the sun warming our souls, as well as, our bodies we should be consumed by the power of God’s care for us.

Picture taken two evenings ago as the sun went down! Strikingly beautiful!

And finally… every time we pass a mirror… we should pause to reflect on the greatest miracle of all… God’s most amazing creation-us!

After all these connections-another link popped up in artist and possibilitarian, Kelly Rae Roberts’ newsletter. And what was the theme on-none other than aging spiritually?

After two years of some trying, turbulent, self-doubting transition years… in which artist Kelly Rae Roberts moved her family from a large city to a smaller community… putting herself into a student learning mode instead of an established artist… it is all paying off spiritually and happily!

Today Kelly says” These days I feel a deep sense of sacred rootedness, clarity, delight, ease, and full circle moments. I’m right back there again but this time armed with deep seeded wisdom and a strong spiritual practice. Perhaps this is the magic of aging! If this is what aging should feel like… I’m down for it, you too?”

So until tomorrow… Shouldn’t we all feel like, at a certain point, we are returning home to ourselves… filled with endless possibility, energy, and joy? Part Two of our lives can be just as uplifting and freeing if we keep learning new things combined with the wisdom of experience!

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

A special request for prayer-My son Tommy is having surgery tomorrow so I will be heading over to their home to spend a few days helping out and freeing up Kaitlyn so she can handle work and other daily obligations -will be loaded down with food provisions from Doodle, our matriarch in the family and best cook ever!

Tommy’s surgery starts at 7:30 in the morning and we are all hoping ( barring any unforeseen complications) he will be released later in the day… depending on his recovery following surgery. Thank you in advance… we are all big believers in the power of prayer.

Happy Birthday shout-out to Jo and Gin-g ! They share the same birthday-I think God was in an extra good mood this day … to give the world two such caring individuals!

Tommy and Kaitlyn’s dream come true!

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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3 Responses to Letting Our Spirituality Bring Us Full Circle-The Best Part of Aging

  1. Jo Dufford says:

    Thank you, Becky, for your birthday wishes and this post on the best part of aging. It has already started being happy with being able to get up, see the sun, knowing today will be warm and then, already birthday wishes from you and my family. I am so happy to share this day with such a special person, Gin-g! May you have many, many more happy days! Teachers are great, but librarians are so special as they are not only teachers, but they hold the key to opening the wonders of this world through books and other means with those they meet. Happy Birthday, Gin-g!

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  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    Happy Birthday Jo. It is an honor sharing a bday with such a sweet and kind person. When things calm down with Omicron we need to do lunch with Becky…it would be so much fun as well as informative. Love both of you…headed to New Bern NC which was the 1st state capitol for my home state…staying in a historic bed and breakfast. I will let yall know if there are any stories about it.

    Prayers for Tommy…for a successful and uneventful procedure and a complete recovery.

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