Unexpected Treasures at Home …

Dear Reader:

I have discovered over the years that I am the best treasure hider in the world. I put something I love in a ” secure” location like a specified drawer or cabinet… only to discover ( at a later date) it is no longer there. So where… where indeed!

True confession… I, myself, am the culprit. I have this terrible ( unconscious) habit of picking up some random item and dropping it off while I am putting up or cleaning up around the house. Case-in-point.

A couple of days ago I washed and folded all the wash cloths and towels and then placed them in the linen closet. I did a few other chores and finally plopped in my recliner… ready to chill and watch a television program.

Alas… no remote control. Never do I get angrier with myself than over stupid things like this…. I have finally admitted to myself that I am a ” distracted, inattentive, thief.” ( I am sure there must be an ” Anonymous” Something Organization that covers us ” Not Again” distractibles! )

At least I know myself well enough now to trace back where I was since last changing stations or raising or lowering volume. I have found my remote control in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, garden, car, and porch… and or the linen closet! ( where I found the remote! 😂)

If I get distracted… whatever is in my hand at the moment goes with me … wherever that is … car keys, purses, books, remote controls and phones. I always find them , to date… but oh the aggravation!

But on the flip side… it allows me the happiness of finding treasures along the way… like this!

Yesterday I opened a drawer I just recently cleaned out but I didn’t remember this token gift being in it. I stopped and re-read the message on the front… it was obvious I found it when I needed to find it!

I used to talk about the different phases and stages we go through in life but lately I think life is more like spinning plates on a stick. As a child I loved watching Ed Sullivan when he had acrobats who could ride a bike on a tightrope while catching plates thrown and spinning them on sticks… increasing the number as the crowd roared.

These days I feel like I go through periods when I am immersed in keeping all the plates in my life spinning… until I can’t… and they all come tumbling down. I finally stop and rest but life starts us spinning again and so on and so on.

That is when I need a Prayer Rock to remind myself to re-prioritize my personal goals. Just rubbing and feeling the smooth stone reminds me that life goes smoother with God and prayer in it. It also reminds me to stay grateful… filled with gratitude for life. Most importantly the prayer rock reminds me that I am never alone throughout the day. God is with me always.

My Rock Prayer Pendant

So until tomorrow… …” Prayer doesn’t change God… it changes me”…CS Lewis

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

I added more zinnias … seem happier!
Creeping Phlox

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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4 Responses to Unexpected Treasures at Home …

  1. Bernice says:

    Whoa, Becky,
    Thank you for your sharing this “prayer rock” post. I definitely needed this today and to find a prayer token to carry around with me daily to remind me tactilely that He is always with us. And don’t we need that so in our crazy world and in life.
    Bernice Sturkie 🌻❣️🌻

  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    Amen…we could have a monthly meeting to share all of our “lost items” found…usually after saying a prayer…just did this morning with my phone…last week it was my keys in the grocery store…oh well time takes care of it…

  3. Janet Bender says:

    You’re not alone in your distractedness. I’ll join you in “Distracted Anonymous.”
    I can add reading glasses, water cups, cell phone, scissors, etc. to your list. Hidden treasures abound in our home as we forget where we placed things for safe-keeping. Learning to laugh at myself as I create more “scavenger hunts” each passing year!

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