No Regrets… But Lessons Learned

Dear Reader:

How many times have we been warned through stories, movies, family advice, teachers, and sermons to live our lives fully so at the end of it we will have no regrets? The add-on conclusion is that the only regrets concern not following our dreams-we regret only what we didn’t try… not what we did.

As a history teacher my favorite ” regret ” revolutionary hero is, of course, Nathan Hale… shouting out the famous line ” I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country” minutes before hanged by the British for spying. ( Before the war… Hale was a school teacher! ) ” Let’s hear it for the schools!”

I still ponder, however, about the times when we should show regret or remorse for something we did and ” regret it with sincerity.”… in other words ” own up to the mistake.”

Too many times haven’t we witnessed someone who feels temporarily guilty over something they did to hurt another… but that soon passes and they never truly regret the action-except for maybe getting caught -there is no action plan to try to rectify the hurt -just to put it in the past asap and forget it.

So I think the title for the post offers the best directive-don’t long-term mull over it or continue carrying past mistakes and regrets into the present… but certainly we should want to learn and grow from our past regrets… and even one up better… share our discoveries with those following behind.

So until tomorrow… ” The truth will set you free.”

I found my second moonflower bloom yesterday morning -however it had opened during the night and by 8 had already started to close-still I thank it for its effort and leap of faith!

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Can you believe this beauty that I found on the way to my car yesterday -it fell early but ” no regrets” if this is what the fall season will try to emulate!

Regina, with Isaiah Ministries is having back surgery-Regina has been a long-time loyal reader to the Chapel of Hope… Let’s wish her a speedy and complete recovery so she can enjoy her well-deserved retirement! Prayers Regina!!! Keep us updated!

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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1 Response to No Regrets… But Lessons Learned

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Amen to your blog entry today…prayers for Regina.

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