Don’t End the Day… until the Last Ray of Sunshine Has Disappeared …

Dear Reader:

Have you ever read a book… undecided if you want to finish it… and then discovering ( to your immense pleasure) that the ending explained all your questions and misperceptions? Your final analysis… ” Best book I ever read!”

This happens in life too… if we don’t let our lives play out to the very end… we might never see the hidden truth of how our life changed others… for the better.

Historical example: Don’t you remember, as a child, yelling at another child for taking back a gifted object they had given you earlier? The common refrain was an indignant ” Indian giver! Indian giver! You are an Indian giver!” It referred to the gesture of being given a gift… only to have the giver ask for it back.

But this angry response is based on a fallacy… a misinterpretation by Westerners …who distorted the true Native American understanding of what it means to give and receive.

European immigrants moving westwards ” stopped short” in their understanding of the unfolding of the beautiful Native-American gift …flowing back and forth to whoever needed it the most.

In this way the gift gained ” sanctity” and power” for passing through so many hands, …including those who offered it initially …and now saw another with a greater need.

So until tomorrow… Finish out each day with gratitude and thankfulness -Let’s restore our sense of being a part of something larger than ourselves. No matter the situation or story… we must let the story unfold for future generations …and beyond if necessary.

” In the unfolding is the WAY.” ( Nepo)

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Eva Cate , in the large picture , is about to take her Boo Boo in height! (” Honest Injun!” ❤️)
Fish weren’t biting yesterday … but Aunt Carrie saved the day by rescuing some fishing line

Go Aunt Carrie! Our hero!

Hang up the fishing rods but remember there is another fish tale waiting to be told! Don’t give up!! The Story isn’t over yet!!!
And you never know who might be working Magic into your story! A camouflage Garden Gnome!

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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1 Response to Don’t End the Day… until the Last Ray of Sunshine Has Disappeared …

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