Feeling Stuck… It Happens to All of Us!

Dear Reader:

Thursday I built up this wonderful story in my mind that Rhea’s arrival home ( from the hospital) was going to coincide with my first moonflower bloom of the season. Last year my one and only moonflower bloom came on Ben’s birthday which is now also Rhea’s and mommy’s. ( I felt like Lee’s earlier question to the universe … wondering if Rhea’s birthday would coincide on July 26 too or was it asking too much of the Cosmos?… applied to my moonflower bloom.

Unfortunately from the start… my poor little moonflower bud’s timing seemed off-it started opening in the morning instead of the late afternoon or early evening as its name signifies. No clouds in the sky-just the hot sun beating down on the struggling bud in sweltering temperatures.

It hung in there and even tried to unfurl the outer layer Thursday evening but all of its energy must have been zapped by the blazing sun. It just couldn’t open any further-it was stuck.

Haven’t we all been in similar situations in our lives… when no matter how hard we tried to attempt something new -the timing was off and we were stuck? But remember … don’t we all have to sometimes take a fall to find Wonderland?

An important lesson we must learn in life is that feeling lost and uncertain is all part of our path… we can’t avoid these obstacles so we must learn from our feelings and take the lessons to heart. Act on them and then move on.

So until tomorrow…

Don’t Confuse a Season for a Lifetime! Stuck is meant to be temporary-not permanent!

John’s marvelous parents are visiting and they were here to celebrate Eva Cate’s tennis camp trophy award for Best Sportsmanship! Congratulations Eva Cate!

The ” Girls” -Beautiful Bebe, Winnie, and Sophie!

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

And sometimes we have to learn from the mistakes of others ( who got stuck) and time our journey differently! 👍🙌😍

My first successful Moonflower! 6:00 PM August 5
And what is a moonflower without its new garden counterpart-the Sunflower!

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 Feeling Stuck… It Happens to All of Us!

  1. I love this so much! Waking up this morning and reading this post… It was exactly what I needed to see. I am actually in a “stuck “part of my life… I know this is a temporary transition… But it doesn’t make it any easier to get through each day. Reading your post gave me HOPE! It also made me realize that everyone goes through “stuck”
    times …. it’s all just part of… Growth
    Thank you for your blog!


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  3. Bernice says:

    Soooo thankful that baby Rhea is better!
    Loved your shared picture of your moon and sun flowers🌻🌻🌻❣️


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