Drabbles of the Day (Collection 3)

Soralene climbed the giant, sticky cobweb. Her butterfly-eared Yapillon, Spencer, hovered around to exhale a bunch of multicolored dust toward all the horse-sized spiders that crawled toward her. When Soralene reached an egg sac near the top corner of the cobweb, she grabbed a vine and swung back to the Health Center to cook the egg sac into a stew for Spencer. Soon, Spencer would be able to eat the egg sac and subsequently have his healing powers activated for her patient.

Lesson to Think About, based on this Drabble: Just as Soralene tries to climb the cobweb, avoiding all the dangers of the spiders, in order to reach the egg sac near the top of the web, we all have our own goals in life to reach, and dangers that crawl up to us to try and stop us. But just as Soralene had help from her pet to avoid the dangers, we also need to accept help from others when we objectively need it. And just as Soralene’s goal to heal her patient couldn’t be fulfilled unless Spencer ate the egg sac, we couldn’t achieve our goals to their fullest potential unless we have a genuine connection with others. This is not to say that we cannot achieve our goals alone—we totally can, depending on the goal. However, if we don’t care about friendship and maintaining a healthy relationship with the people around us, we will be pursuing our goals with a rather selfish intention, and the achievement of such goals will not have their optimal significance since no one would really care. Our goals should have both personal fulfillment, as well as a contributory component that would benefit others besides ourselves.

Inspired from the quote: “I’m not as good as you,” said Harry, very embarrassed, as she let go of him.”Me!” said Hermione. “Books! And cleverness! There are more important things — friendship and bravery and — oh Harry — be careful!”

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by JK Rowling

“Hold tight!” Shouted Soralene as she clutched her vine. “There’s a spikeball storm coming!”

The wind picked up, and their tree released a bunch of fist-sized spiky seeds. Soralene and Lexa clutched their vines and continued to climb their tree, dodging all the giant spiky seeds that rolled down the trunk and branches of their tree.

Lexa screamed. “Seriously?! We have a long way to go before we reach the probiotic blossoms at the top! My patient better not die before I get up there!”

Lesson to Think About, based on this Drabble: Just as Soralene and Lexa must overcome the dangers of falling spikeballs in order to reach their goals and help their patients, we must also overcome the dangers and hurdles that prevent us from achieving our goals, as well as overcome the challenges that prevent us from helping others.

Inspired from the Youtube video: I Wrote a Book. I WROTE A BOOK. How did I do that? By vlogbrothers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TaLahrHK6c

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Drabbles of the Day (Collection 2)

Patrick walked up to Pearl, who was eating with her friends at the Krusty Krabs. “Hi Pearl! Is Mr. Krabs your real father? Or is he just your sugar daddy? Or is it both?!”

Pearl spit out her food in Patrick’s face and looked petrified.

Lesson to Think About, based on this Drabble: The “dumb” ones can pick up interesting (and sometimes meaningful) clues.

Source of inspiration for this drabble: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaJo548S1Qs

After Sandy told Squidward her order, Squidward leaned forward and muttered, “I think you should take Patrick to a Psychiatrist. ‘Cause Spongebob refuses to believe me when I tell him his dim-witted friend is a psychopath.”

Sandy blinked, and then rubbed her chin. “Hmm! He didn’t even remember who his parents were, he had no remorse for pickin’ on Spongebob when he was acting stupid in front of his parents, he has lost his temper multiple times in the past and never felt bad about….ya might be onto somethin’ there, Squidward.”

Lesson to Think About, based on this Drabble: The “dumb” ones may not always be the most innocent ones.

Source of inspiration for this drabble: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QETLK7qg0tM

Soralene and Galvin attended a party inside a giant tulip.

Lesson to Think About, based on this Drabble: Let loose, but not to the point where you forget about your problems. You should aim to feel more motivated to get back to work when the fun is over, not less motivated. Referring to Tiana from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, hard work ethic is important.

Soralene raced through the tall grass. All around her, each strand of grass stretched up to 20 feet in the sky. Somewhere in the midst of this tall grass was a sparkling grass strand, covered with the glittering bugs that Soralene would need to collect for her patient. Those sparkling bugs were the only cure for his leukemia.

Lesson to Think About, based on this Drabble: Just as Soralene is a tiny human in the midst of a field of very tall grass strands, we may feel as if we are tiny, miniscule creatures in a big world. We may feel as if our lives may not have much meaning in this big and complicated world, or we may feel that, since the world is so big and life will always have so much going on, our own lives may get lost in all the commotion that will ever unravel in the world. But just like Soralene continues to run through that tall grass to search for the cure to her patient, we too can persevere through life to search for ways to contribute to the people around us. By doing so, our lives will never lose meaning. Soralene may be a negligible human in the midst of all the tall grass, but her intentions and goals and purpose for being there is not at all negligible, but heroic. We, too, may be negligible humans in the midst of everything in this world, but our intentions, goals, and purpose to help others will never be negligible.

Inspired from “Boy’s Night” or How Disney Characters grow old, by Alice Mayumi https://medium.com/disney-and-animation/boy-s-night-or-how-disney-characters-grow-old-8915e582a276

 

 

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Drabbles of the Day (Collection 1)

Draco, Hermione, and Blaise were skipping merrily down the street, arm-in-arm. Hermione was in the middle. They all sang a song in drunken voices.

Lesson to Think About, based on this Drabble: Cheap Pleasure

Draco and Hermione screamed with joy at the K-Pop concert. The crowd went wild as one of the members in BTS—Rap Monster—grabbed them both and had them dance on stage with them.

Lesson to Think About, based on this Drabble: Fame and happiness

The family of five slept in the nest with the giant owls. The giant bats were riding in the sky, carrying the night-shooters, who were the humans that wanted to take over their lands. But luckily, the family of five were safe with their owls.

Lesson to Think About, based on this Drabble: Intrusion and security

Soralene’s blood dripped on the flower. The flower then grew ten feet tall and five feet wide in diameter.

Lesson to Think About, based on this Drabble: Personal sacrifice for the development of external sources.

Valiana looked over her shoulder at Galvin and blew him some kisses. Then she instantly turned her back and stomped away, head held high. Galvin watched her go, mesmerized, and then smiled mischievously.

Lesson to Think About, based on this Drabble: When teasing can be useful versus just outright obnoxious

The pot boiled with rabbit intestines. Lexa poured in a mixture of squirrel and groundhog blood. Then she just stood there, lost in thought, anxious, and unable to focus.

Lesson to Think About, based on this Drabble: The mixture of boiling blood = the mixture of unpleasant feelings boiling Lexa’s insides. Consider the importance of stress management for all forms of well-being.

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Don’t Normalize Violence, No Matter What

Drabble:

Halton and Jezebeth, two Needlewhiskeran thieves, were kneeling beside an unmoving body, ready to slice it up with some knives.

“Wait!” Said Halton, before Jezebeth started stabbing. “We need to put on a white coat. That way, people passing us will assume we are doctors performing an operation.”

The female, Jezebeth, nodded. “Right. But keep our black caps on so they don’t see our hair color and recognize us as non-clan members.”

They put on their white coats.

“HEY! THERE’S MY WHITE COAT!”

A scream made both the Needlewhiskeran humans flinch. They turned to see the orange-haired Yapillonish Healers—Soralene and her foster sister, Lexa—running their way. Lexa was the one screaming frantically. “THERE THEY ARE! CALL THE POLICE!!”

Soralene gasped. “Halton and Jezebeth trespassed into our territory again?! I’m SOOO calling the police.”

“Wait! Don’t call the police!” Lexa started shaking. “That dead body is going to have DNA evidence on my coat! I can’t be framed!”

—Flowers and Flesh, by Michelle Dalson

https://www.wattpad.com/story/131211281-flowers-and-flesh-genotopia

Lesson:

I conjured up this drabble after reading an article about a medical student’s reflection on the anatomy lab. In that article, the medical student discussed how the anatomy lab is a place where violence occurs, and that wearing the white coat seems to make that violence seem normal and acceptable. Here’s a quote from the article:

I cannot help but to feel disrespectful every time I enter the anatomy lab. We proceed with every session as if we are entitled to these bodies, just by virtue of being medical students. I think about how little we are reminded of our privilege. I think about how, without our white coats, this activity is a felony.

—A Meditation on the Anatomy Lab, by Jennifer Tsai https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/a-meditation-on-the-anatomy-lab/

Lesson I derived: violence and blatant disrespect of others should never be tolerated, normalized, or overlooked. There is no such context where violence “should” be normalized. Sure, it will make sense to have violence in some contexts, but it will never be the “best” solution, so there will never be a situation where violence and disrespect should become the norm.

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Competition and Comparison

Drabble:

Dr. Katz was a scientist in the Dreamswell Lab and Dr. Lasset was a scientist in the Pix Lab. Both were ecstatic about the genetically-modified, cancer-curing super-ant they were synthesizing. Dr. Katz finished making a red genetically-modified, cancer-curing super-ant before the cancer-curing super-ant in the Pix Lab was finished. However, Dr. Lasset managed to synthesize the cancer-curing super-ant in his lab 43 days after Dr. Katz finished his. His cancer-curing super-ant was blue.

“Screw you, Dr. Lasset,” Dr. Katz scoffed at his former colleague when they met at a research conference. “I hope your blue super-ant is a huge failure. The red super-ant of the Pix Lab will help way more people than you.”

Dr. Lasset grinned and took a sip of wine. “We’ll see about that.”

It turned out that Dr. Lasset’s blue super-ant cured 363 million people from cancer, while Dr. Katz’s red super-ant cured 171 million. Both super-ants worked the exact same ways and cured cancer in the exact same ways, although somehow, Dr. Lasset’s super-ant cured more people at a faster rate.

Lesson Derived:

This drabble was based off the history of the two movies, A Bug’s Life by Pixar and Antz by Dreamworks. Both were movies based on the same premise of an ant trying to win the princess ant’s heart and saving the colony. The producer of Antz was Jeffrey Katzenburg from Dreamworks, while the producer of A Bug’s Life was John Lasseter from Pixar (just as Dr. Katz worked in the Dreamswell Lab while Dr. Lasset worked in the Pix Lab). Katzenburg released the movie, Antz, first, while Lasseter released A Bug’s Life 43 days afterward. And just as Dr. Lasset’s Pix Lab super-ant cured more people than Dr. Katz’s Dreamswell Lab super-ant, Pixar’s A Bug’s Life won $363 million in box office, compared to $171 million that Dreamworks’ Antz won.

Overall, the lesson here is that competition is less of an importance than the effect that the outcome had on other people. Even though Pixar and Dreamworks seemed to have been competing, at least they produced similar movies that still won lots of money in box office (even though Pixar’s A Bug’s Life did much better). In this scenario, even though one outcome may be much better relative to another, what’s more important that both outcomes were effective at being good sources of entertainment for the public. However, things are a little different when it comes to life and death. Dr. Katz of Dreamswell Lab and Dr. Lasset of the Pix Lab may have been competing and made the same super-ant that performed the same function, but Dr. Katz’s ant cured more people, which is more important to take into account than the fact that both super-ants resulted in an effective outcome. Unlike entertainment, life-and-death situations need to have the benefits optimized, so comparisons and competition plays a more important role here.

Feel free to check out the fun facts about Pixar’s A Bug’s Life and Dreamworks’ Antz at – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkFU3SKWIEY

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Feeling Unhappy for No Reason

Quote:

Joy: Come on, group hug! You too, Anger.

Anger: Don’t touch me.

—Disney Pixar’s Inside Out

Drabble:

“Hi mom!” Soralene joined Milette, her tall, thin foster mother, behind the stove of the Upregulation Room. “How’s your day been?”

Milette rolled her eyes. “My day? My day has been going just fiiine.” Her bland voice was rather sarcastic.

Soralene blinked. “Okay, then. How have you been?”

Milette shrugged as she stared nonchalantly at the sizzling moles frying on her pan. She spoke in an emotionless tone. “Could be better. Should be better.”

Flowers and Flesh, by Michelle Dalson

https://www.wattpad.com/story/131211281-flowers-and-flesh-genotopia

Lesson Derived from this Quote-Drabble Combo:

The quote distinguishes between the optimistic behavior that results from feeling joy, and the standoffish behavior that results from being angry. In the drabble, Milette demonstrates standoffish behavior, although such behavior may be due to feelings of anger, depression, impatience, or any negative emotion. Since she was staring “nonchalantly,” we cannot tell what particular unhappy emotion she was experiencing. It may have well been a mix of all of them. What’s important here is that she admits that she shouldn’t be feeling unhappy, because her day is going fine. Apparently, she’s implying that she’s in a bad mood for no reason, that she’s feeling irritable despite having nothing in particular to be irritable about. This demonstrates that external circumstances have less of an effect on our feelings than genetics and biology. As a matter of fact, research suggests that 10% of our happiness is due life circumstances, 50% of our happiness is due to genes, and 40% of our happiness is due to our behavior and how we respond to our environment. That means 50% of our happiness is controlled by biology…or in other words, 50% of our happiness is controlled by Joy, from Pixar’s Inside Out. So if Milette feels unhappy despite everything going well in her life, that reason is probably due to her genetic predisposition to experience unhappiness more easily than others—her biology may be preventing Joy from being as active as she should be, while other Inside Out characters such as Anger or Disgust may be making her feel irritable more easily.  However, the good news is that there is still a great amount of Milette’s happiness that can still be under her control—40% of it can be determined by her personal choice to redirect her feelings and self-motivate herself to feel better.

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Finding Purpose in Life

Quote:

Marlin’s Facebook post: First I was finding Nemo. Then it was Dory. Now I’m trying to find…purpose in life. Oof…

IF DISNEY HAD FACEBOOK: PIXAR EDITION, by The Warp Zone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHZohZ43KLE

Drabble:

Galvon returned to the Health Center’s Upregulation Room with his typical smug smile on his face. He saw his foster sister, Soralene, cooking something to activate her Yapillon’s healing powers.

“Sup there, Sora?” He spanked her.

Soralene flinched. She glared at him. “About time you showed up. Seriously, how are you the most successful Healer and the richest clan Combatant, when you’re always out partying?”

Galvin winked at her. “I have a very tenacious Yapillon.”

Galvin’s biological sister, Lexa, grabbed a squirrel brain from Soralene’s pot and threw it at Galvin. “Screw you!” She screamed in her high-pitched, frantic voice. “You don’t even have to be a Healer! You and your Yapillon are already rich from all the battles you guys keep winning!”

Flowers and Flesh, by Michelle Dalson

https://www.wattpad.com/story/131211281-flowers-and-flesh-genotopia

 

Lesson Derived from the Quote-Drabble Combo:

The quote subtly hinted at the universal drive of humans to “find purpose in life.” In the drabble, it is implied that the purpose of humans is to fulfill certain tasks (i.e., battle, heal, etc.) and earn money in return. Lexa’s spiteful comment to Galvin demonstrates that most humans in their world believe the purpose of life is to earn a living from the type of work one puts in, and since Galvin already seems to have enough money and a seemingly good life despite not doing his job as a Healer very often, she tells him he probably doesn’t even need to do that job since he’s already gotten to the point where he can do what he wants in his life. However, since Galvin is still a Healer, his life purpose must really revolve around healing others, even if he doesn’t do it very often. Someone as careless and sensation-seeking like him would easily throw off his white coat if he was already rich enough and able to do anything he wants, whenever he wants. But since he’s still there, life’s purpose—for him—must not be about partying and messing around 100% of the time, but also about healing others. Lexa, on the other hand, seems to see her life purpose as one where she must fulfill certain duties (i.e., heal people) in order to reap certain outcomes for her own benefit (i.e., money, recognition, etc.). Overall, the purpose of life is different for every human, and every human has the freedom to choose how that purpose. Perhaps Marlin can learn a thing or two from this drabble—instead of focusing on “finding” purpose in life, he should focus more on choosing a purpose in life, based on what life choices are available for him.

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