Becoming a Member of the ” No Matter What” Club

Dear Reader:

The other day I walked into my den as a young actress was telling her ” American Dream” story of going from rags to riches … and when asked how she kept her dream alive ( against all odds) she responded that her lifetime verbal compass summed it up in three words… ” No Matter What!”

Determination! Collins dictionary defines the expression ” No matter what” as ” in spite of seemingly insurmountable obstacles a person is definitely going to achieve his/ her goals … they are going to do it!”

A survey asking movie-goers (from different decades )what movie they would most like to re-see… Gone With the Wind…took top honors… and the one scene most wanted repeated was Scarlet O’Hara’s famous scene…many movie goers could still recite from memory.

Scarlet’s famous line that she would never give up… and ” After all tomorrow is another day!” In other words ” No Matter What” she would prevail. No one in the theater doubted it for a minute.

Take a moment today… and think about the strong relatives in your family tree… who prevailed against herculean obstacles -who set the example for you to keep picking yourself up and getting back in the race.

Mother, of course, was my example… Her memorable adage to me and my siblings… ” No matter what life throws at you… you can overcome it!”

Outside family or friends… give this topic some thought… think about the figures we study throughout history as heroes who never gave up… the George Washington’s, Lafayettes, Alvin York’s, Dolittle Raiders, Churchill’s, FDR’s, the soldiers in our families who fought and died for democracy, … they are all eternal members of the ” No Matter What” club.

So until tomorrow… everything that will comprise our life as it is defined by others at our end … comes down to one word. CHOICES. Life is about the choices we make… so ” No Matter What” make your choices count towards achieving your personal goals… and never give up!

Still love my Celtic Compass

Today is my favorite day -Winnie the Pooh

Sending my gratitude to camellias!

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 Becoming a Member of the ” No Matter What” Club

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