” Everything will be Okay”…

Dear Reader:

With the New Year growing closer and closer… don’t we all want reassurance that ” 23″ will improve upon ” 22″ ? That everything ( really) will be okay?

Growing up… how many times in our childhood did we ask a parent, relative, or trusted adult this question? Or how many times did we get this same reassurance from a parent when things went wrong in our lives… physically or emotionally?

And even though we realized, as we grew older, that no one could promise this reassurance happening ( especially imminently) the words still comforted us.

Of course the reality is… the short answer is ” YES” … the longer answer is more complicated… but still yes! Bad things will continue to happen … we will continue to have bad days… BUT , in the midst of bad things and bad days, there will be good things and good days.

Our universe constantly seeks balance and will always ” right itself.” We can’t go through life without experiencing heart break, pain, and understanding that world injustices exist… but the reality is… There is more good than bad in the world.

Anthropologists explain how humans have been programmed with a ” negativity bias” in order for our species to survive. Thus it’s harder for us to remember positive blessings

So it helps if we make a list of all the good things in our lives. The world is full of reasons why ” Everything will be okay.”

Mahatma Gandhi once said: ” When I despair, I remember that throughout history… the way of truth and love have always won. Tyrants and Murderers , who temporarily seemed invincible, fell in the end…. ALWAYS!”

Psychiatrists , when dealing with patients in deep depression moods, gives the client one question to ask themselves -it always produces an ” Aha” moment.

” If you could be re-born at any time in human history, BUT you wouldn’t know where or when you’d be born, or what race you would be, whether or not you’d be able- bodied, or how much money your family would havewell guess what? You would absolutely choose the time moment in history you’re living right now...today!”

So until tomorrow… While the world is far from perfect- the world is a better place for the greatest number of people than at any other time in human history. The fact that the world has slowly but surely gotten better, means the future will be better too.

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Faith and Hope … the paths to Goodness and Happiness
Instead of thinking about what could go wrong in a new endeavorthink about what could go right in the New Year… if we are brave enough to take that leap of faith. Change is the way we GROW!

And speaking of growing… Look at Rhea!


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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