If You Want to Change the World…

… Start Making Your Bed!!!

Dear Reader!

I can’t help but be proud of my brother, an ex-marine ( though doesn’t the quip go…“Once a marine… always a marine”) because every morning since he has been here he has made his bed. As many things slip away from Ben … one lesson has not.

You might remember that Admiral William H. McRaven ( Naval Commander of Special Operations ( SEAL training) started his commencement speech at his alma mater ( University of Texas) with this suggestion on how to change your perspective on life. Make Your Bed!

***” “If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, then another etc. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reenforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.”

Ben might forget his wallet, the time, the place but wherever he is he is going to make the bed. During the day he goes back to his bed to read and a made bed gives him encouragement that hope is still alive. It is a special gift to himself.

Today he reminded me at CVS to get some light bulbs for the hall outside his bedroom and then he changed the ceiling light bulbs for me! One small task DOES lead to another and so on.

Do please continue keeping Ben in your prayers as we are narrowing down the best long-term options for Ben based on lots of medical assessments coming in.

I did get a belly laugh out of Ben today when I found this sticky note to give him, along with a high five… for helping change light bulbs!

So until tomorrow… Want to change the world… make your bed.

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

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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4 Responses to If You Want to Change the World…

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Agree totally with Ben…of course I am a neat freak…but good for Ben to still want to keep some normalcy to the current situation…praying for the best solution for Ben’s care….

    • Becky Dingle says:

      Thank you…just hoping for the best scenario that will be a good solution game-changer for Ben in the big picture…when we can later look back on this more clearly.

  2. CindyAshley says:

    Dennis read that same quote about making bed first thing. He does ours every morning and I smile when I walk through later.

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