Life Will Find A Way…

Dear Reader:

Yesterday morning I woke up on the adorable B&B side of Tommy and Kaitlyn’s duplex…. the sun was shining through the trees-the skies were a brilliant blue with white puffy clouds floating happily in the breezes-I felt, for a moment, like I had landed in a Disney animated movie.

I went outside in their private, newly landscaped back patio area for guests and stared at the sun peeking through the tall tree branches. My eyes kept fluttering … but then something caught my attention.

One lone bamboo shoot, against all odds, had popped up, in spite of the gravel and underlying rocks. Immediately one thought took center stage in my mind ” Life finds a way.” When I looked the phrase up… to my surprise… Jurassic Park … emerged and then Jeff Goldblum ‘s movie quote:

Jeff’s scientist character warns the creator of Jurassic Park that his theory on containment and safety measures are not realistic… he is playing with fire bringing back these prehistoric creatures in a real life ” zoo.”

We certainly see this line of thought played out every day in others, as well as, our own lives. Aren’t we all,as members of the human race, drawn to real-life stories of people who, against all odds, survive a situation so incredible, that the odds against them surviving would be nil to none? Overnight they become heroes and are in the news, or a book is written or movie produced to tell their story to a larger viewing audience. Humans love human ” gladiators” who emerge from life-defying everyday struggles gone awry.

Still… there is also the private small personal moments in all our lives when we mentally challenge ourselves to do something that terrifies us. But in spite of our misgivings we rise up and do it anyway because we know it will change our lives by doing so-perhaps even saving our lives.

Take a moment and think back to the last time you found yourself at one of these potential life-crossings. It might have been an interview for a new job completely unlike anything you had done before, but something your inner passion was screaming at you to be freed?

Perhaps it was a change in a relationship that would also be life-changing? A physical move that would lead you far from home and everything familiar to risk an adventure in a new culture?

So until tomorrow… like the one lone bamboo shoot risking life, itself, to take a different ” rocky ” underground path… and be rewarded by the feel of the sun’s rays, once again, shining down on it after dark days of the unknown… God calls us to become risk-takers in our own lives… life is to be lived fully!

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Watching the Clemson game Monday night outside under the stars with family was so much fun-some of the grandchildren came over for the first part of the game -we had good food and a good time! And even though the Tigers seemed to purr a little longer than we would have wished… once they found their ROAR…. it was a mighty one!!!!!

My grand dogs ( like Pip) were ready for the game!!
A beautiful half moon shone down on us!!

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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7 Responses to Life Will Find A Way…

  1. Honey Burrell says:

    I loved seeing Tommy and Kaitlyn’s renovations! Looks like pictures from an interior design magazine! Love you!😘

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  2. Beth Lee says:

    Hi I follow your blog post and get so much out of reading them. I lived in Mount pleasant and Daniel Island for 45 years. I recently moved to Pawleys island for my adventure! I wondered if I could get contact information on your daughter or sons B & B in mount pleasant? I go back often and need a place to stay.

    Beth Lee

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      Beth, Tommy and Kaitlyn Swicegood Dingle reside at 7 Shem Drive( right behind the Oops Store) on Coleman. Tommy’s number is : 843 -568-5629 and Kaitlyn: ( 423) 227-6610)
      Kaitlyn’s email address is: krswicegood@gmail.com and Tommy’s is : tommy. dingle@gmail.com

      Either one can help you-you will love it! 💗

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      Forgot to tell you they are husband and wife-they both are closing ( real estate lawyers) at Styles & Dingle Law Firm in N Charleston.

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      • Beth Lee says:

        Thank you so much. My best friend lives right down the street in shemwood. I used to live near by. I’m regretting leaving. Thank you so much.

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  3. Becky Dingle says:

    Remember …. no regrets…just lessons learned…..and give change the gift of time before action…..hope all works out for you however it is supposed to- In the meantime I gave Tommy and Kaitlyn your name so they would recognize it if you contact them!!!! Wishes and blessings!!!

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