One little Cloud of Thought…

Dear Reader:

Some days … my mind starts grabbing all kinds of information circling around me… snippets of conversation, television segments, passages from a reading and blow them around my mind … as it in a wind storm… but other days … one lone thought pervades my consciousness and just stays there. Yesterday was one of those days.

Do you know when you spot one lone cloud in the sky ( at least the length of perimeters of human eyesight) what a strange phenomenon it truly is? Normally cloud formations are seen in clusters because vaporization, temperature patterns, winds,etc. affect large areas at the same time . For all the necessary ingredients to produce one lone cloud drifting by itself is, in itself, quite spectacular

My lone thought centered around another thought by someone named Stacie and the delivery of an Easter Resurrection scene I ordered on Amazon.

The quote: The amazing thing about life is that there are so many versions of yourself you get to experience.

I immediately embraced this observation! Even though I recognize the voice in me that identifies the person I have inhabited for a long time… still I can reflect back on several versions of me growing up-physically, mentally, and spiritually and see how the me I am now had a lot experiences designed to complete me.

Case in point: I ordered this Easter Resurrection Scene on Amazon-it arrived yesterday. Made of plywood with notches to put it together. I was not hopeful-I am a terrible puzzle participant. But to my surprise… even I could figure it out.

As I stared at the final design picture…everything looked right… except… the two Mary’s were supposed to be standing together looking at the moved rock and partial opening with the angel appearing from the right.

But there was a flaw… someone in the production line forgot to paint one Mary on the right side-( the angel and other Mary were painted on both sides. ) So instead of the two Mary’s arriving together-one behind the other-I had to get creative and have them facing each other on each side of the rock-one could see the angel but the one-sided Mary couldn’t.

An earlier ” version” of me…would have sighed loudly and been quite provoked by some underpaid assembly painter trying to keep up with her quota. But no longer. I thought it made more sense to have the two Mary’s on either side of the boulder… one seeing only darkness-the other glimpsing the angel and too frozen in disbelief to get any words out to the distraught Mary swept up in grief!

Today I realize that potential set-backs can turn out better than original designs …thought up by someone else.

So until tomorrow… the more experiences we have, the more insight we see… especially when we realize that there is so much we can let go of—without losing a thing.

I see ” more pretties my dear!”

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.”
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to One little Cloud of Thought…

  1. Rachel Edwards says:


Leave a Reply