Upon Entering New Thresholds

Dear Reader:

Whenever I am looking for just the right words to describe the complexity of my feelings and emotions that have become cocooned within me …I turn to my Irish poet John O’ Donohue.

In his collection of prose called To Bless the Space Between Us…he talks about arriving at new thresholds in life. I am slowly realizing that Ben’s new threshold is not his alone. All who love and care for him will be affected from now on…his threshold is also ours. Life for all of us has changed.

As we all come together today to help Ben cross his new threshold… we wish to prepare and supply him with many of his happy items to retrieve a new sense of normalcy-his guitar, music, novels, clubs, etc..

” THRESHOLDS” -O’ Donohue

” To acknowledge and cross a new threshold is always a challenge. It demands courage and also a sense of trusting whatever is emerging.

This becomes essential when a threshold opens suddenly in front of you, one for which you had no preparation. This could be illness, suffering, or loss. Because we are so engaged with the world, we usually forget how fragile life can be and how vulnerable we always are. It takes only a couple of seconds for a life to change irreversibly.

Suddenly you stand on completely new ground and a new course of life has to be embraced. Especially at such times we desperately need blessing and protection.

No threshold need be a threat, but rather an invitation and a promise. ”

So until tomorrow… ” Whatever comes, the great sacrament of life will remain faithful to us, blessing us always with visible signs of invisible grace. We merely need to trust. “

” 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 Upon Entering New Thresholds

  1. Pat MCTEER Jackson says:

    Praying for all today and sending lots of love! Will be thinking of all! Love y’all

  2. Jo Dufford says:

    May God give you the strength you need for this day, and tomorrow He will be there with the comfort and help you need for that day. One of my favorite songs is “One Day at a Time”. Becky, I truly care about you, and I will continue praying for you.

  3. Rachel Edwards says:

    Becky…may you feel God’s love and grace each day…when I look back on my life and refkect on similar circumstances it is amazing how our faith lifts and carries us through times like these…praying fir Ben and all of you…

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