Limitless Potential

View of the Cosmic Web

Dear Reader:

Lately with all the shortages in our lives, baby formula, affordable gas and groceries, construction needs… the list could go on.. the term ” limitless” is more appealing than ever.

Normally we picture ” limitless” with other terms like ” vastness ” … as in space , our solar system, and the oceans. But the best connective term of all is our “limitless love” to all those special people in our lives.

Last Friday GMA 3 decided, after the tragic shooting in Texas, that we needed a full hour of ” Faith Friday” messages of hope and encouragement. Each speaker, author, or theologian sent out many words of comfort but one remained in my head… waiting to be slowly digested … while the others got swallowed whole.

The speaker shared a revelation she had one day while visiting a poor village in Kenya… where she spotted two women, with large water jars on their heads, slowly walking side by side to a well outside the village, to bring back precious water to their families and fellow villagers. What an arduous task the American observed.

But then as the jeep slowed down she heard the light tinkle of laughter and merriment between the two friends. Apparently the opportunity to spend time together each morning brought such joy that it eliminated any resentful feelings of performing this hardship ritual each day.

Now the American started observing the other daily tasks that everyone in the village was doing …connected together in their collective morning duties to hunt or gather or cook or make clothing… they were connected as one entity in order to accomplish what was needed to provide the essentials of life… food, water, clothing and shelter.

And they were happy! …the human need to feel connected to others took precedence over individual wants. Everyone depended on each other and there was no sense of isolation or being left out of society.

Sadly it has been said that this generation in America is the loneliest generation in history. Doesn’t that make you sad… and we wonder why we have so many disturbed young people who seem lost with nothing to guide them.

Our children grow up dependent on material things and technology over human relationships… trying to find happiness in relationships that don’t include other people. Our children’s minds might be stimulated but their hearts are functioning far below a healthy level and awkwardness in social situations increases with age, along with resentment at not feeling they fit in anywhere.

Barbara Streisand sang it best… ” People, People Who love Peopleare the Happiest People in the World.”

So until tomorrow… Let’s start teaching our children that we are ALL connected under the sun and God loves us all together and wants us to live, work, and love together. We are all spiritual beings in physical form .

And even when we can’t physically be together we are all connected in spirit.

Friday Brooke braved the elements to see her ” Boogie Boy” …her handsome five year-old grandson, Caleb, graduate from five year old kindergarten. And his Award was: for Bravery-he stands up against bullying-does not follow the crowd. He is ” El Valiente!” We are all so proud of you Caleb! ( Hurry up Caleb and run for Congress! Your country needs you! đź’Ş)

Today is my favorite day… Winnie the Pooh

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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