” YOU GOT THIS” … Never Works Alone

Dear Reader:

I admit this quick little response to others’ problems seems like an easy quick-fix… just pump some confidence into your spouse, child, grandchild, relative, friend, or stranger! Usually the comment is met with a nod and smile. I have been on both the giving and receiving side of this pep talk remark many times.

However… I have come to realize that this seemingly innocuous comment could be sending the wrong message because by now… we should know enough about life’s problems to understand problem -solving involves more than just ourselves.

Since I am a Carolina gal… it would be more appropriate for me to encourage another by saying… ” Y’all Got This” to a lone recipient because, ( reality check) we never do anything alone.

Problem-solving always works better collectively

Even though ” You Got This” has good intentions … it still is putting all the pressure on the recipient to pass that math test or nervously try-out for a sport or ask for that promotion alone. The responsibility and outcome lands squarely on their shoulders instead of us shouldering it along with the person in need.

By simply including ourselves in the encouragement ” We’ve Got This” the person now feels part of a presence …a team !

Spiritually …by pluralizing ” WE GOT THIS!” a person knows that God is with them … every step of the way… encouraging and guiding them through each minute of every day and will never desert them. He is their constant cheerleader, supporter, and encourager!

So until tomorrow… Looking back on my initial cancer treatments… it was the presence of God that got me through each phase and stage… including each day of my life now… extended through amazing modern medicine options that gives us metastatic breast cancer ” thrivers” … hope of another day… until God calls us back home.

In other words… I live my life.. ” Day by day-Oh dear Lord three things I pray. To see Thee more clearly, Love Thee more dearly… Follow Thee more nearlyDay by Day.

Today is my favorite day/Winnie the Pooh

And speaking of Winnie…Winnie had a beauty parlor day Wednesday!
Love my Winnie!

Happy Birthday to the beloved matriarch of the Dingle clan… Doodle! She is a woman of many talents and my go to ” Master Gardener” when I can’t identify something growing in my garden ( or these days ” remember” the name something I planted! ) 😂

Harvey and Doodle-a beautiful union of heart and soul!

We love you Doodle … the gal behind the scenes that makes everything right again! And who my family has voted the best cook EVER… especially Tommy!

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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