February- The Month of Hearts and Love… so Start with Loving Yourself

Dear Reader:

Sometimes February can be a trying month for people struggling with all kinds of personal problems… the most difficult… learning to forgive oneself…” We are imperfect, we are flawed, we are human.”

When we fail at a relationship, a business dealing, an opportunity that doesn’t pan out…a promotion that goes to another, a financial crisis… don’t we sometimes become our own worst critic?

It has taken me a long time to finally understand that before we can get our ” outward” lives in order, we must first prioritize our own inner life.

Two thoughts that might help us through these disappointing times, is 1) ” Remember rejection is God’s redirection” ( God has a purpose for us) and 2) Forgive the moment.

Aren’t some situations clearly and simply just out of our control? We can’t point our finger at any one person or decision to the lay the blame on… life just happens. ( The proverbial rug gets pulled out from under us)

We have all lived long enough to know things just don’t always go as we would like them to go. None of our paths are easy and as much as we want to appear to be in control… we have to admit we simply aren’t… circumstances, beyond our control come into play to turn our world upside down.

Rather than getting mired down in self-pity, or anger or grief* …we can choose to first forgive the situation and secondly …repeat to ourselves ” Grief is just love with nowhere to go.” So give grief a place to go by forgiving and loving yourself again.

So until tomorrow….

Today is my favorite day… Winnie the Pooh

Guess what is just starting to bloom in the backyard? Our state flower… our Yellow Jessamine!

South Carolina’s State Flower-Yellow Jessamine

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 February- The Month of Hearts and Love… so Start with Loving Yourself

  1. Lynn Gamache says:

    I love being reminded of the thought: “let the trials of life make you better ; not bitter”. Also there is the Scripture from Genesis that speaks about Joseph: “ man meant it for evil but God meant it for good”. Let’s look for the good that our Father is working out in our lives today— then reach out to others with hope, Joy & love.

    • Becky Dingle says:

      See what you are doing Lynn… making your own personal connections … you tied Sunday’s and Monday’s blogs together beautifully! 🤗💗

      Sent from my iPhone

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