Knowing When You are Already There

Dear Reader:

I love this whimsical ” Creation” artwork by Diane Frankenberger – Honey wrote a note on this card and sent it to me.

I keep smiling every time I look at it. This Garden of Eden scene is filled with laughing children holding hands, animal creatures of every kind, a smiling sun and all kinds of pretty examples of flora and fauna.

Inscribed within the painting are the words CREATION -when the breath of God met the dust of the earth. And it was very good… In fact it was Great!

I think sadly, how perfect it was and how mankind has been searching and yearning for it ever since. And how man, mistakenly also confuses material wealth with having it all.

I read a story about a group of tourists who arrived in a tiny Thai fishing village. Within this group, a big businessman started asking questions to one young fisherman about their catch-the amount and time it took to catch the fish.

The young fisherman explained that they didn’t stay out long-just long enough to meet the daily needs of their families.

The business man asked what they did the rest of the time. ” We sleep late, fish a little, play with our children, take siestas with our wives. In the evenings we go into the village to see our friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. We have a full life. ”

The business man stated that he had a MBA from Harvard and he could help the village fisherman be more successful! They needed to fish longer every day and sell the extra fish they catch, then with the extra revenue buy a bigger boat.

” And after that?” One of the fishermen asked.

” With the extra money the bigger boat brings in… add on more boats until there is a fleet of trawlers. By then you can leave this little village and move to Bangkok to open an enterprise. “

” How long would that take?” the fisherman asked. He was told about 20 years.

… ” And after that?”

” Afterwards? Well my friend that’s when you can make millions!”

” Millions? … and after that?”

” After that, you’ll be able to retire, live in a small village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife, and spend your evenings socializing and enjoying your friends.”

” With all due respect sir, but that’s exactly what we are doing now. So what’s the point wasting two decades?”

So until tomorrow…We may already have enough of what we need. I know I do and now I just enjoy life.

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

I think Jake’s kindergarten recognition award says it all-he got the Extra Enthusiastic Award! I hope that trait continues with him the rest of his life. If so, I know he will have lived his life fully.

Winnie is so full of enthusiasm… if she had anymore for life-she would explode!

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 Knowing When You are Already There

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Love …love this…I

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