The essence for our growth

I: Isn’t it fun getting better at the job?

C: it is

I: isn’t that the main strand of your career that you’re getting better at the job

C: well, it could only get better, it couldn’t get worse

Inspiration of the week is a chat by Cate (C) Blanchett and Sir Ian (I) McKellen in Actors on Actors show (link)

They were discussing about things they are not so good at (geez, they are so humble, o’rite). Cate replied Ian that she feels they just need to be asked by someone to do it (as a challenge for themselves)

In imaginary world, if I’m an actor, I think my bosses will be the director of the show. They are the one who set the movie direction. And I just need to do my best as certain role in the movie.

I’m guessing that directors also have their own unique style, perhaps like Quentin Tarantino or Michael Bay or Peter Jackson.

Clashes are unavoidable and uncontrollable, but our respond to it is controllable. As there was a conflict happened this week and I can’t help to keep thinking about it. I kept asking why to myself to the extent it hounded me.

However listening to Cate and Ian, I feel that after it’s all happened in the past, their present self can just laugh at it. They grew from their past self.

The image of 7 deadly sins comic starts to appear in my mind when I was hounded by the incident. That I was activating Pride and Wrath in me. And what I need to activate is Acceptance now. So, don’t feel angry or sad, just be better. One step at a time.

Thing happens for a reason. As always.

Ask and you’ll be given. Whether it’s something important for your growth or the answer to your problem.

What do you think?

Extra note:

Doesn’t time feel so fast passing by when you are in the last quarter of the year?

I flipped through my agenda and find that October inspiration page was blank. Although I had my October filled with activities.

November, on the other hand, has been giving me valuable lessons. It also the M-1 for the big event early Dec.

Defining a perfect day in our life

How do you define a perfect day in our life?

Let’s close our eyes, think about it for a second, and start to imagine it. (Okay you have 10 seconds before you continue.. Just kidding :))

A classical scenario for a girl could be,

  • Wake up in the morning, make the bed, having breakfast with her love (or sometimes she just have breakfast outside; a small cafe nearby is nice).
  • Make their own way, to work, or simply stays at home.
  • Reach home earlier, or do some house chores and maybe make some dinner, or simply just relax or reading a book.

Okay my version is, I’d like to add these two in the middle..

  • Sometimes I work from home, sometimes I work at a cafe, sometimes I work at the office. Basically anywhere is my office.
  • I make some phone calls, I do some designs, and I meet clients.
  • I meet friends, watch movies, catch up, and other social activities.

Let’s take a pause again.. And ask ourselves the next question, how many of us experienced exactly the same thing we want our life and it just happened to us?

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3 easy tips to keep your consistency

Every one of us has their own pace on doing something. Doing it repetitively we can call it consistency. And far from the ideal scenario, we always have something happened in between our normal daily life in a way that disrupt the pace.

Consistency Cartoon

Talking about work, sometimes we are so confused with our tasks. Usually the longer you work at your work place, eventually you will have more and more tasks. Just kidding. 🙂

Consistency can also means doing our work timely for example always post blog article in certain days, or deliver our work in timely manner.

So, in this post here are some tips I did to keep my consistency..

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Getting our feet back on the ground

Lesson of the week: it’s hard to make a new habit, but it’s harder to get it back.

This post is still related to my recent trip which I mentioned in previous post. The trip summary, we had a trip because of public holiday fell on Monday, so it was a long weekend trip. On top of that, we add one more day by taking one day leave on Friday, thus we have 4 days 3 nights for the trip.

Getting our feet back on the ground

Basically I was away from my daily routine for one day because of the trip. Daily routine here means my working day routine. Since it was ended on Monday, all of us were supposedly going to work the next day. And come to my surprise, I feel more tired than before I had the trip. I can’t concentrate much at work, I took longer time to solve problems and days feel longer than usual. (oops..)

Some of my colleagues teased me by saying, maybe the holiday wasn’t long enough for me and having a brain freeze after holiday is normal after all.

Have you ever experienced it?

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On setting a limit

I like one of the sport shoe commercial tag line, “Nothing is impossible. Impossible is nothing”. The tag line has been few years back though, I’m sure you know or ever heard about it.

First of all, the story I wrote is for sharing purpose which inspired by my own situations.

I’m motivated by the tag line many times but for this time, I need to see the bigger picture of it.

Let’s say that you work on a specific project, your own. For me, I work as web developer in my current office. Sometimes on the other department in your office has lots of projects which due almost in the same time, it was overwhelmed and had a very tight deadline. So, for staff who responsible internally-not dealing with clients-will be assigned to help the project so that deadline can be met. Regardless your initial job scope.

However, though you are assigned “urgent” projects with tight deadline, you will still have your own project deadline. Ha! Interesting huh? Or maybe been this kind of situation before?

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Embracing new journey..

Yep!

I’ve been doing this for how many times. Add this, remove that, edit this code, remark that code, change the link here and there. I always like to do same things in a different way.

Used to do it in my local hard drive until I really satisfied with the new look, then upload it to the Internet. But I guess, the condition is a bit different now. Singapore has a faster Internet connection compared to my own country Indonesia. Thus, doing a small renovation live is quite enjoyable somehow.

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my (most) favorite quote

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life – by Steve Jobs.

I’ve been using that quote as my email signature for quite sometimes since I know about it few years back. The rest of the sentences following those quotes are:

Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

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on recent depression

( ̄へ ̄) {a little confession note to myself for what happened this week}

(´~`) むにゃむにゃ

Blame it to lack of sleep,

I felt have no energy left to face the day. I don’t have motivation at all since the morning I wake up. Why and why is the question I like to ask myself. On my effort to find out the answer, I even feel more depressed.

( ̄へ ̄)

Blame it to others behavior,

I was easily fumed or irritated by what my so-called friends do. Here are some of the examples which made me hate or angry to the other party. First, by making me feel that I’m the biggest idiot who patiently draw and color while the person’s effort is “only” googling and combining the game engine then leads to the second thing which is ruining my beautifully-written-and-structured-library-according-to-my-standard when that person combined those. Third, making me played guess-what-i-am-trying-to-say by pointing here and there and mumbling in the morning, sorry my brain took it as compiled error. …

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