Finding Time for Happiness

Dear Reader:

One of our greatest challenges in life is finding inner happiness. It isn’t that we don’t know how to find it…we simply don’t make time for inner happiness, contentment and joy.

We know what to do… we simply don’t do it. Too many times we let ourselves get lost in activities that put everyone’s needs in front our own. Slowly the joy of life begins draining away. We know what would make us happy but then we feel guilt over putting our own needs first.

Haven’t we all been stuck in this mud mire of hopelessness at one time or another? But been ashamed to seem selfish with our time-making time to be happy?

Robert Puff, Ph.D throws an interesting perception on the situation. By giving ourselves permission to fill our own cups, we can then give to others around us.

Think about Psalm 13 … ” My cup runneth over. ” Not only do we have enough for ourselves but plenty left over to share with others.

That’s the key. We can’t give from our own emptiness. .. that’s a sure path to burn-out. Giving time to ourselves enables us to give to others.

So until tomorrow…Let’s make time for happiness. It does take time, it does take effort, but the rewards are truly countless.

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

Let me share some of my garden happiness with you-my blooms runneth over!

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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