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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 11/14/2008 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Heeja all,

I am sorry for not being that much the last week, since it was pretty busy. I had my first major exam, and I spend yesterday and today at my old school to prepare and perform the presentations about our project in Rwanda. It was a pretty stressful week, and I am relieved it is over now (it is 23:20 here now, and I am broken tired, I hope I don't fall asleep writing this :-) ).

But the good news is that I think I passed my exam, and the presentations today went, well, as they went. Everyone loved it, except that I kinda screwed up my part for the last, and biggest, presentation (of 6 in a row). I just forget some of my lines, and it took some time before I could improvise the rest, the spotlight just hold me in his grasp for a few seconds. I felt pretty bad after that. But while sitting there, trying to get my mind straight at one time and feeling like running away the next, a quote popped up in my head. "Life is suffering". It helped me so much, though it might seem negative at first. But realizing life is suffering, and seeing that accepting that suffering is a way out straightened my thoughts. I remembered a Buddhist practise on suffering, where you see your pain as pain taken away from some one else. You suffer, so others won't have to feel that same pain. It might sound weird, but it helped.

That is what I wanted to say. I had a thousand thoughts about what I should write when I was feeling bad just after my mistakes, but none of that negative thoughts remain (at least, at the moment :-) ).

I hope you all have a great day, I am going to sleep for the next 24-hours tongue

Acceptance is the key

The World is but a reflection. Smile, and it will smile back.

Try to keep smiling! :)

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/14/2008 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Awesome job Erik! I see your point in suffering for others. I'm that self-sacrificing too, like when it comes to this depression even though it sucks for me to have it, I'd rather have it than anybody else that I love. Anyway, you deserve as much rest as you can get, you've surely earned it.

Take care!


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   Posted 11/14/2008 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Erik,

Congratulations on the exam. You sure do have a good way of looking at things. Though it was an experience worthy of thought. Most of all, you got through it. That is what matters.

I hope that you get some truly needed rest. Keep us posted. Talk to you again soon.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 11/14/2008 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Erik, Congratulations on completing your exams.  I'm sure you did just fine.  You are a hard worker so now it is time to relax and get your rest and enjoy some time to yourself.  How much schooling do you have left?  Email when you get a chance.  You know we are all thinking of you and wishng you much success.  Keep the positive thoughts and stay in the present. Take care.



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   Posted 11/15/2008 5:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Heej all,

Thanks for the reply's! Yes, this week was quite an experience, and I think a learned a lot this week about myself. Which is a good thing. And every single time the "Rwanda-group" comes together, I see how awesome we actually are as a group. Too bad our "obligatory" time together is over now, though I have no doubts we will see each other many times from now.

And Aurora, I still have a little less than 6 years left to complete basic medicine, and after that more years to specialize.

Thanks again!
Acceptance is the key

The World is but a reflection. Smile, and it will smile back.

Try to keep smiling! :)

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