Wishin’ and Hopin’ … Need Action

Dear Reader:

One has to go back to the early sixties to remember Dionne Warwick singing Wishin’ and Hopin.’

I loved it as a young adolescent. Some of you might remember the lyrics were about a young woman sharing her knowledge with other girls that no one ever got a boyfriend ” Wishin’ and Hopin’ and Prayin’ or Plannin’ and Dreamin’ … instead action was required-show him that you care.

The other day I caught the tail end of an conversation between a proactive scientist and an interviewer. He was saying that Hope is something that must be earned. Powerful comment.

If you want to leave the world healthier for your grandchildren, a world with less racial and gender inequities, a law enforcement system that treats everyone equally, an education system that provides quality education for all children … no matter where they live or their socio-economic status… in other words put our planet and human lives first… then we must do more than just wait for others to solve our problems-proactive people make things happen…reactive people just keep digging themselves out of their own self-imposed problems.

Even when we turn to God in prayer to help us with an overwhelming human problem-we still need to be proactive-asking God to show us the way and then follow His response-not pray and do nothing telling everyone it is in God’s Hands. God is not only our Creator but also our Teacher and Counselor so we must be willing to follow His directions for the best solution and then keep the faith. God is as proactive as any light of Hope showing us the way… the path.

So until tomorrow…Remember back at the beginning of the pandemic… it was the children around the world who showed us their Hope during the early dark days by drawing rainbows. We must remember that we should never limit a child to our learning… because they were born in another time.

” Today is my favorite day.” Winnie the Pooh

I went out and watered and watered and watered my plants in preparation for the hottest week of the year-mid to upper nineties! Ouch… hot!

After doing so I sat on my bench and just enjoyed their beauty! Happiness is!

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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5 Responses to Wishin’ and Hopin’ … Need Action

  1. Beth Brewer says:

    You have tended your garden well!! It is growing & blooming so beautifully. Thanks for sharing!

    • Becky Dingle says:

      A lot of good things resulted indirectly from the pandemic among all the misery for so many people and my garden is the best thing…to keep sane and get outside I spent more time in it than ever before…picking up new plants and flowers while nursing some of the older ones back to good health. I am crossing my fingers that the manettia vine takes off this year like it was starting to do last summer…it is certainly healthy enough. Always love hearing from you…drop by any time and see the garden. Have a wonderful day!

  2. Beautiful garden photos 👌🙏🌷

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