Life is all About Staying in the Zone… the Auto Zone

Dear Reader:

This past week an amazing woman (whose children I taught) had a birthday and friends were leaving wonderful comments on FB to her. All very nice …but what caught my attention was her first line… ” I enjoy growing older…”! What a honest and refreshing comment to hear !

I immediately understood exactly what she meant… physically our parts might need more fine tuning more often but the spirit grows freer and freer. .. finally in tune with what life should be about.

All those ridiculous things that I worried about-dressing right, making-a good impression, fitting in, being accepted, etc. have dissipated over time.

Instead I have reached a place where I can honestly say… ” I am finally free to be me.” All those petty mistakes in daily life used to keep me up at night… trivial things I forgot to do on my daily check- list, misconstrued actions or words… so much of my life consumed by insignificant worries.

These days my life continues to simplify… my garden, friends, family and ordinary adventures make my days happy ones.

Last week I went to Auto Zone to pick up some windshield wipers and wash fluid. The woman assisting me graciously put the wipers on for me.

It was while I was waiting for her to check their computer to make sure they had wipers in for my make and model car that I had a small epiphany.

Life is all about replacing parts. As long as our make and model ” body vehicle ” can get parts to replace the old ones that have given out-we can keep moving through life.

Yet we all know that one day an important part will give out and the computer will read ” Make and Model Obsolete… no longer available or obtainable.”

And that will be that… but I hope at that moment I will realize what an amazing ride I had in this life! No regrets!

So until tomorrow…Remember: You May be older today than you have ever been before, but you’re younger than you will ever be again!

“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

My first hibiscus bloom off my bush by the driveway!

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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2 Responses to Life is all About Staying in the Zone… the Auto Zone

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    ❤❤❤👍👍👍…I need a Becky fix soon.

    • Becky Dingle says:

      Let’s do it…want to take you to lunch somewhere…grandkids are going on vacation next week and will free some time up….let me glance at the calendar and get back with you…on a time.

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