Saturday, April 04, 2009

Shake It Off and Step Up

I was not a happy Bear Bear yesterday. Something unexpected happened to me and I couldn't do anything about that, however it made me feel very frustrated.

I'm a type of person who likes to solve the problems by myself. There are few things I always do that can help me recover from my unhappy moments.

Sometimes I'll read back my diaries to remind myself how I overcame my unhappy times.

I share with you this inspiration from one of my diaries.

Shake It Off and Step Up

A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer's well. The farmer heard the mule 'braying' - or whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together and told them what had happened...and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.

Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back...a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back...he should shake it off and step up! This he did, blow after blow.

"Shake it off and step up...shake it off and step up...shake it off and step up!" he repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or distressing the situation seemed the old mule fought "panic" and just kept right on shaking if off and stepping up!

It wasn't long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well! You're right! What would bury him, actually blessed him...all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.

That's life! If we face our problems and respond to them positively, and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity...the adversities that come along to bury us usually have within them the potential to benefit and bless us!

Remember that forgiveness-faith-prayer-praise and hope are all excellent ways to "shake it off and step up" out of the wells in which we find ourselves.

Xiao Bai always do a good job to cheer me up too. He always follow me, sit next to me, look at me quietly with his emotional eyes as if he is always waiting to give me a hug!

Listening to my favorite songs is another way to make me happy again. I share with you this song called "Run" sang by Leona Lewis. This song was originally sung by Snow Patrol, however I like the song even more when it was sung by Leona Lewis. Anyway, both of them are my favorite artists.

The last way that I like to do when I'm upset is to shower for a very long time! Up to a few hours! This is not a good habit, thank goodness I don't get upset often! Heee!

By the way, I'm happy again now! Heee! The upsetting moment is over! Lg bought me these cute cupcakes from the Bakerzin cafe! These cupcakes are Chocolate cupcake and Raspberry cream, Rose cupcake with Passion fruit cream, Pistachio cupcake with Pistachio cream.

They are quite cheap, only 2.50 Singapore dollars each! There are still a few more tastes to choose from but I just love these tastes! Delicious!!!


technomedic said...

Hi buddy,
Sorry long time visiting you actually was busy in exams. Any way have read all your posts that I missed. Your writing style is so immersive that I could not resist to read the full post once started. One more u know that I am obsessed with ur eyes (lol), I feel that you wept before taking the first snap of this post may be....I don't know if it is true.....Its true that one can not remain happy all the time.....neverthless keep smiling

-JoJo- said...

UR xiao bai is maltese?

Jerine said...

don't worry. things will get better. sometimes i get really upset without knowing what reason. but i have chocolate instead of cupcakes :)

Bear Bear said...


No, I didn't cry at all! ^^

But the tears rolled down my cheeks by themselves... =.="


Jojo: Yes, he is a Maltese!


Jerine: I told myself think nothing about it! Just shake it off and step up, really! Hahahah!

Lately I ate lots of cupcakes, I think I got the cupcake addiction from you!

YT said...

Hey pretty bear bear, may I ask where is Bakerzin in Spore? I wan to have some cupcakes!!!

Bear Bear said...

Hi lovely YT, you can find the Bakerzin locations here: ^^

Jocelyn said...

i wan cupcakes too ~~~

-JoJo- said...

So, it's a he :p

Hard to take care of him? Weak or not?

Bear Bear said...


Yes, he is a male Maltese! It's not hard to take care of a little dog.

As you can see, he is not weak! ^^

Anonymous said...

Dear Bear Bear,

How’s your week so far? I’ve been busy but it’s a short 4 day week with a long weekend at the end : ) So no complains : )

I read your previous posts on Xiao Bai. Yes, he is indeed a very lovable & endearing dog. Can see that he is also very intelligent. Some dogs can be a bit slow or are easily distracted.

Can see that Xiao Bai is alert & intelligent. Plus he is also very sensitive to your mood & feelings which makes him very sweet : )

Sausage was like that too. She could sense if I was sad & unhappy. And I would actually talk to her. And she would listen…and I can actually see the love & concern reflected in her eyes : )

So I understand what you said about Xiao Bai…

I know you don’t like him to lick you…but…you must understand Bear Bear, no one is perfect. Plus, that is his only way of showing his love & affection for you hee…

Believe me, if he can give you a hug, I’m sure he would : )

Ok lah…I gotta go. You take care Bear Bear. And maybe you can share more pics / stories about your lovable Xiao Bai : )

Warmest Regards,
Pete Bear

Xjion89 said...

haiyo, bear bear, how r u ?
hv been super lately..
life is full of ups and downs. juz
keep holding on(^^)

Anonymous said...

Dear Bear Bear,

How's your long weekend? And how is Xiao Bai?

Did you both go on some Easter Egg

Anyway, just thought I'll drop by to say Hi and if you have any Monday Blues, I hope this short note makes you smile : )

Pete Bear

YANZ said...

glad to know you're happy again =)
the cupcakes look delicious, by the way