Responding to Life Questions…

In a recent Awakin Weekly author Victor Frankl, made this observation. “the question can no longer be-What can I expect from life? but can only be ” What does life expect from me?”

Living is in essence all about being questioned…while our whole goal is responding to-of being responsible toward- life. It is in the moment of the question where the uniqueness of each individual becomes apparent-no two questions are alike.

Today we are living in a world where there seems to be less simple direct answers than ever before as issues of morality take center stage. We watch bigotry expanding, along with racism, religion, and “blame games ” on anyone some group marks as a target.

Though the term “response ” is usually thought of being more general in nature than ” answer” referring to a solution… Ben used the term over and over that he didn’t understand what the doctors wanted from him -with all their reports-he just wanted to know how to respond and when he couldn’t it made him despondent.

Don’t we all feel that way when life asks us a question that we can’t respond back to …our own individual life questions and sometimes in frustration wonder where God is? I, a teacher, should know this response!

So until tomorrow ” Be still and know that I am God.”

Today is my favorite day! Winnie the Pooh

PS I passed and found the right response because when I finished typing and looked out the window-there was my answer! God in my first moonflower!

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 Responding to Life Questions…

  1. Rachel Edwards says:


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Hope you got the texted picture of Ben’s empty plate this morning after he woofed down one of your cinnamon rolls with his coffee…one happy boy! So enjoyed your visit…left us smiling.

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