[thought of the day]: 23 Apr 2009

“It is easy enough to be pleasant when life flows by like a song. But the man worthwhile is one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1850-1919, Poet

[discussion]: too busy with myself?

I’m trying to have some quiet time for myself every morning around 15 minutes. Or you can call it, I’m practising to meditate.

I started to realise that every time I began my day with even just brief quiet time, I felt I can pass that day with peace.

My current activities are shifting from job hunting to working preparation. Getting the employment permit done, looking for working shoes, reporting to my country embassy here, opening bank account, and many other administrative works (that excludes the shopping though haha :P)

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Just to be..

Be Well
Be Happy
Be Safe
Be Willing
Be Able
Be Loved
Be Wild
Be Helpful
Be Yourself
and through it all, just remember to JUST TO BE

Those words were on my farewell card from one of my best friends Maree from Australia.

I met her for the first time from Monash International Student Friendship Program. The Monash staff, Renee, matched us up because we live on the same road differs by blocks. She told us that ours is the best match she ever had.

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Inspire and inspiration

These are inspirational quotes that I found from a site (which is I forgot ^.^). I hope can inspire you though

The universe is one great kindergarten for man. Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson. The mountain teaches stability and grandeur; the ocean immensity and change. Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes–every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man.
– Orison Swett Marden

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Some motivational quotes…

If people are coming to work excited . . . if they’re making mistakes freely and fearlessly . . . if they’re having fun . . . if they’re concentrating doing things, rather than preparing reports and going to meetings – then somewhere you have leaders. – Robert Townsend

When he reached the New World, Cortez burned his ships. As a result his crew was well motivated. –
The Hunt For Red October

We know nothing about motivation. All we can do is write books about it. – Peter F. Drucker
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, ‘Press on,’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race –
Calvin Coolidge

Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today? – Mary Manin Morrissey author

Nobody is stronger, nobody is weaker than someone who came back.There is nothing you can do to such a person because whatever you could do is less than what has already been done to him. We have already paid the price. –
Elie Wiesel.

Do nothing, nothing to do?

If someone asked me what were my activities for the whole day, then I may be confused about the answer. Why?

Starts with my morning routine, woke up, washed my face and my mouth, drank some water, turned on TV, watched “Early Edition” back-to-back with “The Guardian”, had my breakfast. My mom asked me to be alert if there is someone deliver the food, which means I need to pick it and pay it. I was thinking to go swimming too after finishing my series. I bought 10 swimming vouchers quite while ago and I still have 5 vouchers whereas I will leave to Singapore this Friday. I waited the delivery until my series ended, yet the delivery has not come. Since my mom was on her morning meditation, I can’t just leave like that. I decided to wait until the delivery came. That time was already close to 8.30 in the morning. Then somehow, I just told myself not to force to swim since I would be playing badminton in the afternoon with my ex-colleagues anyway. Otherwise I might be exhausted :p

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Addicted to swimming

These days I spent quite some time for swimming. No particular reason besides to keep healthy. I used to go to spinning class while I was in Melbourne studying. However, gym membership fee is quite expensive in my hometown, not within fair comparison with the salary.

Anyway, I’m not a swimmer back then. I learn swimming while I was in Melbourne too. It was during summer early 2008. Summer in Melbourne is hotter than summer in my country, moreover it’s drier since the hot winds blew from dessert and less high trees since Melbourne has water restriction too. So, summer time are the best time to swim and to play tennis.

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Future

未来(みらい) the Japanese word for future, the post title

Recently, I read one of the Ajahn Brahm writings in his book, Opening the Door for Your Heart, which discusses about fear. He opens the topic with this sentence,

Fear is finding fault with the future.

If only we could keep in mind how uncertain our future is, then we would never try to predict what could go wrong.

Fear ends right there.

I’m pretty sure some of us will think very hard when going out from the comfort zone. Thinking what should we do next, where are we going to, or planning our steps so we won’t mess up on what we do next. Sometimes thinking about whether we made the right decision over a right consideration.

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