Look Inward … for the Answers

Dear Reader:

Haven’t storytellers, from the beginning of time… recognized a central theme that is still played over and over again today in almost every Disney children’s production. And that theme is… whatever you are looking for to make you feel happy and good about oneself can only be found within yourself.

In fact the title quote is a Helen Keller quote. Take a moment and think about it…she would never be able to see or hear the world around her… yet this amazing woman was able to discover and change the world through what she found inside herself… miraculous.

And she didn’t do it alone… she was not alone in her silent darkness … she later explained how she knew from childhood on… she was with her Creator.

“I believe that God is in me as seen as the sun is in the color and fragrance of a flower- the Light in my darkness, the Voice in my silence.

And the most important day in her life? ” The most important day I remember in all my life is the one on which my teacher Anne Sullivan came to me…My TEACHER … God worked through her… “

Statue in the Capitol Sculpture Room -Helen Keller

Helen Keller ” I thank God for my handicaps, for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God.”

On this day before Easter… following Jesus’s death upon the cross… the disciples were gathered… their faith being tested as never before… what now? What now indeed. They understood that their lives were still endangered… they prayed for direction and guidance. A darkness of doubt and confusion enveloped them … as deep as the darkness that later consumed Helen Keller’s life from birth to death.

Like Helen the disciples too would learn ” Self-pity is our worst enemy” and as Helen concludedThe Most Important Thing to Learn in this life is… “TRUST GOD UNHESITATINGLY!”

So on this preparation day before Easter… May we be filled with gratitude for our sacred past and courageous people who sacrificed so much to show us the Way… the Light! To prepare us for Easter Sunday… for the Resurrection!

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Helen Keller was offered mausoleum space in the National Cathedral but her ashes were also buried with her beloved teacher… Anne Sullivan outside in the cemetery
A new wooden Boo’s Blessing plaque arrived yesterday… my old one blew away in one of the earlier wind storms back in the fall. It could not have arrived on a better day… but that is a story for another day

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 Look Inward … for the Answers

  1. Beth Brewer says:

    Happy Easter, Becky! Thank you for all your life lifting stories.

    • Becky Dingle says:

      Thank you Beth! Happy Easter to you too! I think the greatest thing about 🐣Easter is knowing we don’t have to go it alone in life… 🐇and that is a hugh gift to us all!!!🙏🏻

      Sent from my iPhone

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