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Cupcake land. Sunday November 10, 2013

I was sitting on a train just this morning and caught myself re-living conversations and experiences from the extremely traumatic recent past. This happens several times daily and I can't seem to stop my over active and analytical mind doing this. But, I knew I had to think of positive and happy situations to stop it in its tracks and was struggling somewhat.

Then I remembered the text conversation in my mobile phone between myself and a very special friend of mine whom I affectionately call Debbie Cupcake. Each week, we exchange at least two very uplifting and encouraging texts with no pressure to respond or reciprocate in any hurry, so I decided to read them back to myself and in less than a minute, I was in 'Cupcake Land', feeling all uplifted, satisfied and smiling.

Mission accomplished!

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G Sun, Nov 10th 2013 @ 8:20am

Love this cupcake land idea, thank you so much Dawn for sharing, I am going to have my BFF join me in this and keep each other in lifting mood at least once a week :)

When I found myself fell (or drowned) into the awful anxiety pool of the past, I will immediately do my mindful stop: close your eyes, and try to observe 3 types of sound. When you found the third sound, open your eyes and take a deep breath. You would be back to the present and forget about the negative past.

The Entertrainer Sun, Nov 10th 2013 @ 9:54am

Fab post. It's like a kiss - you kept it short and sublime. Not a cupcake kind of guy myself so I might pop off to "Curry Land" to harvest the helpful thoughts if that's OK?
Brilliant language too - stop it in its tracks when you were on a train - well clever.

Julia Sun, Nov 10th 2013 @ 11:03am

A good one Dawn! This reminds me of a very funny blog or post a while back where bored, disgruntled office colleagues said they were "on top of the world" and "yeah mate, living the dream"when they got into work first in the morning and were asked how they were. It also reminds me to start writing similar cupcake statements to my friend again. We used to end our emails with Happy Days! or Onwards and Upwards! or Isn't life just a joy? when we were both feeling low. We haven't done that for a while. What a powerful reminder Dawn of how something so simple can actually change ones mood quite dramatically.

Nick B Sun, Nov 10th 2013 @ 11:14am

Hi Dawn.

Firstly, thanks for inviting us on your train. Right from the first words I was in the carriage next to you. Actually not next to you - just across the carriage. You were facing the destination, I had my back to it. Not sure what that says about either of us, but it shows the importance of context in storytelling.

And secondly, and even more-so, thanks for making it a high speed link. My hunch is that the source of so many problems can be raced towards. But instead, we tend to take the branch line which means all the torture is prolonged. To borrow (and bend) an idea from the journalist and broadcaster, Danny Kelly, your truth train doesn't have to stop at every station.

Great storytelling and great story. Most of all Happy Cupcakes to you !!! More soon please.

Anonymous Sun, Nov 10th 2013 @ 5:24pm

What a wonderful idea! I might see if *I* can pair up with a 'cupcake' friend!

Best wishes - Moodie x

denisthemenace Sun, Nov 10th 2013 @ 6:13pm

This is really nice and something I also do. I keep texts and emails from friends or my sons which make me laugh, or just make me feel better when I'm down. I've just got a new mobile but haven't traded my old one in as I don't want to loose the texts on it!

DawnCRitchie Sun, Nov 10th 2013 @ 11:00pm

Brilliant G. Thank you for your encouragement, I'm so glad I could help you in your journey and thank you for sharing your 'in the present' tip. I will try it, most probably tomorrow.

DawnCRitchie Sun, Nov 10th 2013 @ 11:04pm

Thank you Mr Entertainment :-) curries make me smile too, especially when shared with a cupcake ;-)

DawnCRitchie Sun, Nov 10th 2013 @ 11:10pm

Thank you Julia. I recently heard the response 'living the dream' and adopted it for a while. It got me a few surprised responses, all positive and it made people smile. I like to be able to make others smile. Your response has made me smile on the inside too :-)

DawnCRitchie Sun, Nov 10th 2013 @ 11:35pm

Thank you so much for your encouraging words Nick B :-), glad you could join me. I so love metaphorical speech. I find that when I use it with another who likes it they always ' light up', which in turn further engages me.

I am greatly encouraged by your closing paragraph and as I tentatively break out of my crysalis and stretch nicely into myself, I find that it's not so scary after all and ever so liberating.

I feel ever so blessed by the comments received and will definitely 'share' again. Thanks again, you've made my day!

DawnCRitchie Sun, Nov 10th 2013 @ 11:38pm

I hope you do and don't forget to choose which flavour you are. I'm a lemon cupcake :-)

Anonymous Sun, Nov 10th 2013 @ 11:39pm

denisthemenace: Use a backup program to save ur texts to the internet cloud then download them to ur new phone. U should be backing up all ur info anyways. Free programs available on Google Play if your an android user. SMS backup and restore and My Backup Pro are 2 that I use.

DawnCRitchie Sun, Nov 10th 2013 @ 11:49pm

Thank you DenistheMenace :-)
Last year I bought an extravagantly priced note book or journal (i really like the look and feel of it though) which I have been writing the cupcake messages in so I don't lose them to an upgraded phone. It also gives you a pleasant few hours of 're-reading the messages as you write them in your little book. .Thanks for sharing DTM.

DawnCRitchie Sun, Nov 10th 2013 @ 11:51pm

Gr8 tip, thank you, I'll do this too.

Diana Lew Mon, Nov 11th 2013 @ 12:02am

That is scriptural, too. Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are TRUE, whatsoever things are HONEST, whatsoever things are JUST, whatsoever things are PURE, whatsoever things are LOVELY, whatsoever things are OF GOOD REPORT; if there be any VIRTUE, and if there be ANY PRAISE,THINK ON THESE THINGS.
That is how God designed us. That is how we can "Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice." Philippians 4:4.

Julia Mon, Nov 11th 2013 @ 9:20am

Excuse me? Not relevant Di, not relevant at all.

DawnCRitchie Mon, Nov 11th 2013 @ 3:33pm

Please allow me show how it is relevant. Reading and thinking of the good, true and honest texts and the lovely, virtuous person of good report who wrote the messages is exactly what I was doing. It is the way out of the deep dark moods that we sometimes or often find ourselves in. Amen and thank you Diana :D

Anonymous Tue, Nov 12th 2013 @ 9:02am

Julia - you can sometimes be so harsh and unkind with your comments on here. You remind me of myself as I used to be, my guess is that you are equally (or probably even more so) unkind to yourself. I hope you can find the compassion to be kinder and more loving to yourself (and am sure this will make you more patient and understanding with others). All the best.

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