Posted by: waterbaby87 | November 26, 2009

A Day of Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I hope everyone enjoys the food, the family, but most importantly, the sense of gratitude and thanks we all have on this special day. I hope today you take the time to thank everything in your life, even those things you wish weren’t there. Trust me… there’s a reason for them, and you’ll appreciate it deeply πŸ™‚

I saw this video thanks to a friend of mine yesterday. I need to show it to everyone – it is proof that if you give anyone a chance, may it be a human or an animal, they will show you their kind side. Leopard seals have terrified me for most of my life, so seeing this made me relax and realize there’s always a good side, we just have to wait a while to see it.

Much love,

WaterBaby. xoxo

Posted by: waterbaby87 | November 13, 2009

Learning How to Pivot – Relationships

When I was trying to come up with an idea for my next blog posting, I got requests for relationships. Funny, I mean, we ALL have relationships with everything – our parents, friends, boyfriend/girlfriend, exes, computer, vending machine, professors… That can pretty much mean anything. But of course, I knew it had to be, in a sense, a romantic relationship.I tend to be a magnet for people needing help in romantic relationships, and I notice a variety of romantic issues that can come up. These include:

“He just broke up with me! I don’t know what to do! Help!!”

“She… just cries at the drop of a hat. I don’t know what to say to her anymore.”

“He’s SUCH an a**hole! He cheated on me!”

“She’s such a b*tch, she doesn’t let me do what I want!”

“He hasn’t proposed yet… I don’t think this is going to work out…”

“She keeps pushing for a proposal, and I’m just not ready…”

“He hasn’t called since we slept together… Should I call him again?” (note: after she’s called 5 other times and he still hasn’t answered or returned the call…)

“She wants me to talk to her, and I’m not sure what to say when she does. I need more time.”

“He doesn’t talk to me! Why doesn’t he want to talk to me?”

“She doesn’t let me do what I want!”

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This semester has been theΒ  most wonderful semester so far in my college career. I love my courses, I love the people I go to school with, and I have learned to love my school. My school schedule includes some of the toughest classes our school offers, and with the supposedly “terrible” professors, but I have been able to prove it all wrong.

Thing is… I still noticed students around me having a hard time. I frequently hear things such as:

“I shouldn’t have to be so stressed about this class!!!”

“Why is my professor giving me terrible grades? I studied soooo hard for that exam!”

“I need a better grade on my next quiz or else I will BOMB that class!”

…… Yikes. Does this sound like you?

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Posted by: waterbaby87 | October 27, 2009

Quote for the Day

When we are devoted to the development of kindness it becomes a movement of the heart so deep and subtle it is like a movement of the sea close to the ocean floor, all but hidden, yet affecting absolutely everything that happens above. That’s the force of kindness.

– Sharon Salzberg



Posted by: waterbaby87 | October 25, 2009

Learning How to Pivot – Day 2

Sorry for the long time between posts! Before I begin, I want to honor a dear buddy of mine – Polka – who died yesterday at noon. I tried my hardest to medicate her and give her lots of love, but alas, it was her time to go.

I had her for 2.5 years, and she was the sweetest weather loach! She knew when it was time for food, she let me pet her, she even fed off a flake I had in my hand once. Yes, fish do have personalities πŸ™‚ She also was notorious for sticking by other tankmates if they ever got sick. Well, that paid off because her other loach buddy Toastie was by her side the whole time until I had to get her in the quarantine tank. So please give your blessings to her (give her thanks!) – she made a lot of us smile, including my mom, who wasn’t so fond of “eel-like” fish until I got weather loaches.

Back to Learning How to Pivot –

Situation 2: The Angry One

RAWR!

Ah, yes, we’ve encountered these before. I’m talking about the angry guy – the person you have no idea why they’re so angry, but you know they are.

What do you do about it? Let’s see… some would get angry too, and snap back. Others would feel victimized, mope and feel bad (just like the first group but their reaction is different)… it really depends from person to person. Some will get passive aggressive too just to get back at the angry person. Think about a situation where you encountered someone like this, be it a parent, sibling, friend, complete stranger… How did YOU react?

I see this a lot in my circle of friends and family. I often feel bad because the solution is quite simple but it takes a bit to get to that point where you can react in the ideal way at the drop of a hat. I know.. I sometimes still have issues myself, lol!

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Posted by: waterbaby87 | October 25, 2009

Intermission – Funniest Firefighter Video

"Why won't someone else freak out with me???"

Every once in a while, you get easily frustrated by certain situations around you, or even certain people. I’m sure when you get frustrated, you can easily go out and find others who will agree and be just as frustrated as you are, right?

This may be an easy way to feel like you’re venting, but the funny part is… you still don’t feel quite right even after finding someone else to agree with you. I’m right, huh? Go and try to do this for yourself. Find that someone to agree with you. And then you realize you’re simply building up even more frustration to that certain situation/person you’re aiming at.

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Posted by: waterbaby87 | October 19, 2009

Things that make me smile…

Posted by: waterbaby87 | October 18, 2009

Random Goals Fact!

Today is kind of brief, since I have been kind of ill lately. But I found a few things that made me smile today!

Remember those goals I have? Yes yes, those things you write down and keep in your purse or back pocket?

(OK before I start, quick quiz: What is the largest animal to have ever lived?)

Bruhathkayosaurus Courtesy of Rareresource.com

Bruhathkayosaurus Courtesy of Rareresource.com

OK to some, it is the Bruhathkayosaurus (brew-HATH-kah-yo-SORE-us, try to say that really fast!). But until they verify all the fossils (there’s just way too many “ifs” in the research), we will continue saying it is….

THE BLUE WHALE!

Yes, this is the cool part, we live with the largest animal that has ever lived on this Earth. How awesome is that???! That alone should make you smile. What a priviledge! So my goal is to swim with one. Don’t worry, the likelihood of one of them swallowing me is fairly small. I also promise not to speak whale.

Fun random facts about Blue Whales (courtesy of Neatorama):

  • Blue whales can grow up to 100 feet (~30 m). Lengthwise that’s the equivalent of two city buses and longer than an NBA basketball court.
  • They can weigh up to 200 tons. That’s about 8 DC-9 aircrafts or 15 school buses.
  • In fact, their tongue alone weigh as much as an elephant. About 100 people can fit in a blue whale’s mouth.
  • A blue whale heart is the size of a Mini Cooper and can weigh close to 2,000 pounds (~907 kg). Its heartbeat can be detected from two miles away and a human can easily crawl through its major arteries.
  • Blue whales can produce sounds louder than a jet engine (188 dB vs. jet engine’s 140 dB) and can communicate with other whales up to 1,000 miles away.
  • A single adult eats about 4 tons of krill (tiny shrimplike animals) a day.
  • The spray from a blue whale’s blowhole is almost as tall as a three-story building (30 feet or 9 m). A toddler can fit into its blowhole.

    What is one YOUR wacky goals???
    Much love!
    -WaterBaby.

Posted by: waterbaby87 | October 16, 2009

In remembrance of a wonderful little boy…

Hello everyone!

Well, as you know, I blog about happiness. And I’m sure a lot of you are freaked out by the title alone, but today I had to write about a wonderful little boy that came into this world only to leave so suddenly.

Today, I was startled by my computer, Dell-lilah, freezing on a beautiful picture of a couple I know. This happened to be the couple that a few weeks ago lost a beautiful baby boy of only 18 weeks old. Ironically enough, today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, so I felt the need to write about it. Especially after Dell-lilah (or Jessy?) was trying to remind me.

The day my mom got the news about this, I kind of had to stop for a moment. All my years of being trained in the “medical” thinking usually makes me think “This is a normal occurance” and a simple “I’m sorry” would be uttered. But no. This was different. I looked around me and became suddenly very very grateful for everything. I looked at my mom and I realized how incredibly lucky am I to have someone like her as my mother? I looked at my cat, whom to some is incredibly strange but really I am lucky to have a cat like Mr. Murphy. I looked at where I lived and I realized how lucky I was to have a beautiful little place to live. I hung out with my friends that day and I realized how happy I was to be here at this moment living this life with these wonderful people.

As time went on, I looked around me at the people who were affected by this – either directly or indirectly. Some had stories to share about their own losses, some had stories from someone else… but it was as if everyone had something to look at and say “thank you”. It was no longer “another normal occurrence” in the medical world. It was something everyone seemed to relate to, either through experience or empathy.

By the time the couple, our dear friends (or rather, family members) reached out to explain to situation that had occurred and to send their love, I knew the reason for the situation and why it had happened. Jessy, the miracle baby, had come into this world not to live it for 80+ years, but only for a few seconds, to touch hundreds of peoples’ lives at once. He was the little angel sent down to give the message of gratitude and love to not only his parents, but to everyone else who had a ripple effect from the news.

This made me so happy, it made me smile, because none of it happened in vain. No. He came into this world with a strong purpose, something most people don’t realize until years later in their lives, and he fulfilled it 100%. He lived more than most people live today. How absolutely wonderful!

So this posting is to remember an angel that came down from heaven to earth to remind us how wonderful life is in reality, and that in truth nothing could be worst because everything that is happening to you right now is really a blessing in disguise.

Jessy, thank you soooo much for coming like this and leaving so suddenly. People have cried because they hate having the feeling that you’re not here, but it’s okay. Deep inside, we know you’re there, and we are truly grateful and happy for that. We all love you so much, and can’t wait to meet you again up there when it is our time to leave our bodies as well.

Please give thanks to those you love today, and even those you don’t love at all πŸ™‚ And remember, smile! Because this is one of the greatest things that could ever happen in your life – to be woken up from living unconsciously.

Love and kisses,
WaterBaby

Courtesy of Pregnancyloss.info

Courtesy of Pregnancyloss.info

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