Finding Joy and Courage in Imagination

The Secret Door of imagination

Dear Reader:

When life goes askew and we feel like the world is turning upside down, we have a tendency to crawl back in our ” caves” and strive to return to a more predictable life.

We should know by now that words and phrases like normal, predictable, smooth sailing, etc. … are antonyms in defining life. Yet… we just can’t help ourselves. Maybe this time when everything goes wrong at the same we can find the magic medicine to cure the world’s ailments or at least ours.

If we ever stop and think about it… would we really like to live our one journey through life knowing everything before it happens? Good or bad?

As a child I was terrified of roller coasters and it finally took a dare in high school to get me on one. As the coaster slowly made the deliberate slow climb to the top of the first pinnacle… and made that dreadful pause… I simply closed my eyes and went into my imagination as far as I could go!

I imagined I was in the woods with Snow White with all the birds twittering… and loudly ( while everyone else was screaming) I began singing ” One day my prince will come” -I was shocked when the ride was over.

I had learned an important lesson-I had an escape-another world in which to dwell when the reality of this one became too much. I still, even as an adult, retreat to the secret world of imagination.

How many stories have we read of POW’s or Holocaust survivors or abused family members using the same secret passage when needed.

On the flip side I doubt any Amusement Park would stay in business long with rides named” Steady Eddy” or ” Deliberate Dan” or ” No Turns Ted”… No Thrill Rides-guaranteed to put you to sleep!

And yet many humans think this is what life should be… slow and steady, no changes or surprises-our whole life journey deliberately mapped out with every benchmark marked for us in advance. We need to remember to be careful what we wish for?

So until tomorrow… life will never become predictably smooth for any of us… and for that …in this month of gratitude-we should be thankful.

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Cindy Ashley said it best when she observed that my three HVAC repairmen were actually my “Three Wise Men” …bringing the three gifts of Relief, Support, and the most precious- “myrrh-fully ” HEAT!

Thank you!

Let us never forget on the challenging days along our own journey… that Some day”…

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 Finding Joy and Courage in Imagination

  1. I like this and you are so right. Perhaps we fear the twists and turns because we’ve seen how some have really affected people we loved in ways that were irreversible. Either way, our fear does not stop the twists or protect us from the turns. It would be best if we just try and stay present in the now.

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