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Sunday, October 25, 2009

I'll Show You Happiness the World Can See

"Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."- Buddha

I must have read the quote above 3 or 4 times until it was internalized. What a beautiful quote it is. I have previously mentioned the idea of the spread of moods and attitudes. When one girl, or guy, has a bad day, it seemed to take a domino effect on the rest of those at the EDU. I believe happiness is something we create and by sharing our joy with just one other person, they might be inspired to pass it on, and so forth. The idea is similar to the content of the film, Pay it Forward. One act of kindness can go a long way. 
Yesterday was a brilliant day. After the gym, I stayed around the house and spent quality time with my parents. Sometimes I love when it's just the three of us because I get to observe how they interact together and with me, acting neutral, in the middle. If I can be as in love and happy as my parents are, I will be incredibly lucky. Even when they have their sporadic arguments, they rarely dwell on the problem at hand; No, instead they let it go-- most times without mention of a 'sorry'. You know you're in love when a 'sorry' isn't necessary. Later in the day, we drove down to University of Pennsylvania to visit Jonah. The campus is just gorgeous and his dorm room was actually clean-- I was indeed impressed. 
My brother & I

After a tour of the school and campus buildings, we went to Cuba Libre for dinner. Here's a little taste (pun unintended, but I like it) of what was brought to the table-- Yes, I gave in and took pictures):

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

Pomegranate Mojito (yum!)

Mariquitas Latin America 
(Black bean hummus, enchilado salsa and garlic mojo paired with thin sliced crispy plantain and yuca chips.)

Tamales Vegetarianos
(Two fresh corn masa tamales. One filled with wild mushrooms and black olives, the other with creamy quinoa. Red beans and roasted calabaza asopao)

Mmm, Torta de Chocolate y Dulce de Leche

Bayas de Verano
(Fresh seasonal berries, Cuba Libre 5 Year Rum whipped cream)

What is the purpose of the pictures and mention of the meal? Clearly I don't want to trigger anyone; However, this was the first time I ate out in a restaurant in several months. I normally prefer to eat at home, where I know exactly what and how much is being put into the meal. But, it was time. If I want to enjoy life, food must be incorporated, stress-free. Because let's face it, food is a significant part of our cultures. That said, I need to be able to eat out, with minimal anxiety. Besides, pie is pie, despite the variety of ingredients, right? (And yes, I had a cup of tea that night). Additionally, this was the first meal at which I laughed. A lot. We reminisced on past family vacations and my brother and I had our fair share of laughs at the ridiculous things our parents used to do (such as making all five of us wear matching red Donald Duck crew neck sweatshirts at Disney World). Last night was fabulously entertaining and delicious, until it was time to take my brother back to school. As he shut the car door and walked away, I felt a sudden pain and sadness. I felt like Ariel in The Little Mermaid when Ursala takes away her voice. Except in my situation, the voice was my smile. I instantly welled up with tears, as if my brother was walking into a cloud of fog never to be seen again. Was I overreacting? Probably. I suppose I enjoyed his company to such a great extent because he is a humorous and fun distraction to my thoughts. My parents suggested I felt sadness because of my desire to be at school. I presume both were legitimate excuses.

Today, thus far, has been another blissful, relaxing day. My goal was to embrace the day with the positive energy I felt yesterday. This morning my dad and I went to the gym. There, I ran to an intense new workout regime, decked out in purple, while jammin' along to an incredible new playlist (thank you LLT). She has been such a fabulous support system for me recently and never hesitates to put a smile on my face. In fact, she is the epitome of my happiness theory. If I feel depressed, after a five minute conversation with her, I am filled with a renewed positive energy. Thank you again, Carolyn for everything. Post workout, I enjoyed a clif bar as we drove to the supermarket (sometimes, I have a slight obsession with McCafferys). The remainder of the day was spent hanging around the house cooking and watching football. Goal=accomplished.

I hope everyone has a fabulous evening. And remember, one act of kindness can go a long way.

P.S. Check out the pictures at the bottom right corner of my page :)


  1. This post was so inspiring to read and it made me smile after a long day. Im so so happy for you Bec, its hard as hell but your pushing through and not letting down, love you

  2. It goes both ways LLT :)

  3. i am so excited for you, each step you take is amazing! just a little bit of positive goes a long way, i'm working on that myself and i know its not easy. have a lovely lovely monday :)

  4. Hey, how about cup noodles?
    I found many different flavors here