Deferred Dreams… Sometimes the Best Kind

Falling into the dream of beauty

Dear Reader:

Isn’t hindsight so much easier and clarifying than future dreams?

Looking back on my life now… I see how the ” wait time” on my dreams was never really deferred-it simply wasn’t time for it to reveal itself … I needed to prepare for my dreams before their manifestation.

When sometimes, overwhelmed with single-parent child-raising, teaching, studying for my Masters, and just daily problems of household survival… I would have a pity-party and think that my dream of writing and creating stories was over… my window of opportunity had opened and closed on this life.

But then yesterday… on Faith Friday ( GMA3) Reverend Green reminded us that even Jesus had to defer his dream of immediate active ministry …to instead be tested in the Wilderness by his greatest nemesis-Satan -who tested His Faith day after day.

Now with a fresh perspective… I see how … throughout my teaching career ( to both students and teachers) … I was learning how to write creative lesson plans, skits, dialogue and then role modeling for my students the art of turning dry historical facts into enticing stories. In other words I was getting time and opportunity to perfect my upcoming dream.

Today writing this blog post for over a decade … has kept me anchored and always searching for the next idea. My joy and excitement never decreases, instead it escalates year after year. In fact , as a reader I know that all writers are just readers…one step to the side.

So until tomorrow… Thank you readers for dancing the ” side step” with me each day, You are all excellent dancers!

Your dreams are waiting- prepare yourselves now! Then blow the top off of them!

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 Deferred Dreams… Sometimes the Best Kind

  1. Mary Fennemore says:

    Thank you for helping us “dance!!”

  2. Beth says:

    I love to “dance”! You have helped me grow my love of stories of all kinds. Thank you

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