Learn something, learn more

There is a saying, never too old to learn anything, and I think, it sinks well in my personality. Even though I’m not in school or actively studying as full time student anymore, I’m still learning new things every now and then. It leads from my curiosity on certain things. I will spend time to research on it, discuss it with friends, admire it, then I usually ask myself “Shall I take it more seriously? Like by taking lessons?” And most of the time the answer is “Let’s do it.”

There are some cases when I don’t pursue it any further after completing the basic level because I don’t have time or any other reason, for example learning Korean. Or I have to stop or pause doing my current interest in order to give me time to practice or make time for the newer one, for example taking photos.

One take away point from all the learning experiences is, I become more and more appreciate other people with their different skills. So, it’s like playing a game (I still like game simile) there are fighters, healers, supplies or others and they will work together as a team.

Although that if you see it from the other end, people with multiple skills are more stand out than the others. It depends on the person, doesn’t it?

So, if you have something that you want to do or learn for quite sometime, I’d encourage you to do it. Each of the learning will expand your horizon which will enrich your life too.

All about timings

The story continues from my last post..

So what you think about that statement? Or is there anything crossed your mind when you heard about it?

Here’s the story I wanted to share.

I used to have a mindset that working in design industry is the hip of the hip. I know myself well that I don’t have special talents nor creative mind. Although sometimes, I feel that I do have the sense.

Anyway, I like web programming or to be more specific, I like websites. It’s like my working canvas. I had been working as junior web administrator, web designer, and developer so far.

Between this 3 roles, the one I have not exploring much yet is web designer. I thought in the past, I may not be interested in this area anymore because I like to venture out, thriller seeker.

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On shortening words

Some questions to ponder:

  1. When you’re using your mobile phone, do you prefer texting or making a call?
  2. When you’re online, how do you usually type your conversation? Do you use “thx”, “btw”, “asap”, “fyi”, “lol” and many other often?
  3. Do you use number to replace certain texts, for instance 4 -> for, 2 -> to?
  4. Do you active participant in certain forums?

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A Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

I read this story from a mailist quite sometimes ago, which I forgot which mailist and who posted it.

When things in your lives seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided,

‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things–your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.  The sand is everything else—the small stuff.’

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.  Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.’

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled. ‘I’m glad you asked.  It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.’