Take a JOMO ” Time- Out” …


Dear Reader:

As a teacher, mother, and grandmother…I am obviously very familiar with the expression … Time- out! As in ” You are in time- out! ” But I was reflecting the other day how I think it is time to put myself in time- out… how? … by unplugging from the world for self-imposed joyful time!

JOMO… ” feeling content with staying in and disconnecting as a form of self-care.”

For a long time now… I have admitted that the only thing I take away from my presence on Earth as the truth … my one firm belief … is that we are all connected under the sun …a single cell attached and sustained by unfathomable numbers of other cell formations that fabricate the great mysterious web of life… one beating heart. One Supreme Being.

But… in spite of all these ” connectives”…there comes a time when we need to seek refuge from the ever increasing worries and problems of the world… we need to consciously choose what makes us happy and intentionally plan how we spend our time finding fulfillment in the sheer joy of our own particular passions.

It is important to be able to be fully present in the moment without worrying that we are missing out on something in social media or instead of being happy about someone’s trip or excursion on FB we long for the same experience. Instead of being content in our lives and skin …we covet others…

What a waste of precious time this is… the only escape I seek is from too much disturbing daily news on the state of our country’s economy, our political divisiveness, putting greed and politics over ” we the people” ..too many politicians today are ” arch enemy” Robin Hoods…taking from the poor to make the rich richer. Come on now… REALLY! Wonder how these politicians sleep at night? Can you really see yourself in the mirror anymore? We sure can … and it ” ain’t ” pretty!

Aaah! The wise Ralph Waldo Emerson … no one misses out on anything if we live our passion-contribute and share our God -given talents with others… life would not be complicated if we were fully satisfied to live the life that best defines us. No more… no less. Life at its best.

So until tomorrow…

Today is my favorite day- Winnie the Pooh

My personal path to my personal happiness!

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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1 Response to Take a JOMO ” Time- Out” …

  1. Beth Brewer says:

    Wise words from Ralph & from Becky!!! Your garden is lovely.

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