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Book of Life

Each morning is a new chapter of life, granted by the Lord

Sunrise is the sign of God’s marvelous gift

It is the new page to write our own story

good or bad, happy or sad…

we decide ourselves what to write in this book of life

Let God, our Creator guide us..inspire us…

for this book of life is not ours but His

Not ours to boast upon our achievements,

He Himself will display our book of life to others

Not ours to weep on the tragedies happen,

He will rise us up even when we are drowning in our tears

Not ours to stop writing and end the story ourselves,

Only He, the one who has the power to open and close our book of life,

who knows where our story ends, not us

In the end of the day,

we are just a writer of our life

Let us write memorable and precious moments

for life is a treasure,

which we will embrace for the rest of our life,

pass it to our children and grandchildren

How we want to be remembered,

it all depends on our way of writing

This book of life is as crystal clear, no hidden secrets

One needs not speak about one’s story

but the book of life speaks itself

as people read it and give judgement

Write your stories with kindness, gentleness,

generosity, peace and love

that our book of life will have a happy ending

for life itself is the greatest book ever

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Resep Sukses

Seru sekali obrolan pagi ini di acara “Ngopi” tepatnya di B Channel. Out of the blue, tiba-tiba aku tertarik untuk menyimak acara talk show ini (padahal jarang-jarang lho!). Mungkin para speakers yang diundang pada acara ini sangat menarik. Yang pertama adalah Billy Boen, seorang CEO di beberapa perusahaan top terkemuka di Indonesia di usia yang sangat muda tepatnya 26thn. Dia ini yang menulis buku “Young on Top”. Pembicara kedua adalah Ken Dean Lawadinata, yang adalah CEO Kaskus yang nge-hits itu. Kedua pembicara ini telah menerbitkan buku yang bisa didapatkan di toko buku terdekat (lho jadi promosi?). Aku sendiri cumen lihat aja buku-buku mereka terpajang di rak buku toko buku terkenal, tapi belum pernah baca..maybe one day I’ll buy their books :p

What were they talking about?

Kita mulai dari yang pertama yah dari Billy dulu yang men-sharingkan pengalamannya yang menurut aku sangat menarik. Host nya bertanya tentang kisah suksesnya. Lalu Billy pun menjawab bahwa yang pertama adalah “know your passion” bahkan ia sudah tahu passion nya sejak SD bahwa ia ingin bekerja di perusahaan brand (wow!). Kesuksesan menurutnya bukan mencapai sesuatu yang teramat besar tapi bisa sukses dari hal-hal kecil contohnya, being on time. Begitu pula kegagalan baginya hampir tidak ada karena setiap kegagalan kecil langsung diperbaiki sehingga tidak terakumulasi menjadi suatu kegagalan yang besar. Well, it’s all about one’s point of view on success and failure. Dia juga kasi tips untuk bisnis seandainya ada modal 10 juta katakanlah, kalau ingin dipakai sebagai modal janganlah ditaro semuanya 10 juta plek tapi beri jatah untuk yang lain..amit-amit the business is not running well, at least masih ada sisa untuk hal lain.

Personality (character) juga sangat penting ternyata untuk jadi sukses. Orang yang tertutup pada kritikan orang lain nampaknya suka mandek tengah jalan jadi kariernya mentok. Being humble and positive is important. Kadang ngerti juga kalau ada orang yang suka konflik di sana-sini, pindah kerja ternyata begitu lagi keadaannya..because character does matter. As long one doesn’t change his/her attitude, the condition won’t change.

Mari kita beralih ke pembicara kedua, Ken, yang mulai Kaskus di US trus pindah ke indo dan jumlah usernya sekarang mencapai 20jt. Mantaps!!! Mulai dari kerja berdua dengan partnernya hingga mempunyai team berjumlah 100 orang sekarang, Ken pun terus menerus berinovasi dengan tantangan yang bertambah tentunya. Hal yang sangat menarik yang bisa disimak dari Ken dan juga Billy adalah peran keluarga dalam kesuksesannya. Billy bercerita bahwa keluarganya mengajarkan hidup sederhana, bersikap tegas. Sedangkan Ken memiliki hubungan yang dekat dengan keluarga dan mendapat dukungan penuh dalam usahanya, walaupun dia sempat berhenti kuliah di US demi kariernya dan terbukti dia berhasil.

Seru belajar dari orang-orang yang sudah sukses, bahwa ternyata mungkin diraih kesuksesan itu asalkan harus bekerja ekstra keras, disiplin dan full-commited. Pastinya orang-orang ini adalah orang yang sangat passionate dalam bidangnya sehingga mereka dapat bekerja dengan sepenuh hati bukan hanya untuk dirinya sendiri tapi juga bagi orang-orang sekitarnya. Aku suka mendengarkan talk show, seminar, baca buku kisah-kisah orang sukses karena menginspirasi dan bisa belajar banyak dari pengalaman hidupnya. Tapi kalau cumen didengar, dibaca tapi tak dilakukan yah sami mawon, tak ada gunanya. Semoga dengan pola pikir yang lebih terbuka, disiplin, tekun, semangat 45 dan keluar dari “comfort zone”, aku bisa meraih impianku dan bisa meraih kesuksesan. Mulai dari yang kecil-kecil dulu aja, yang ada di depan mata nanti seiring berjalannya waktu Tuhan akan percayakan hal-hal yang lebih besar, betul?!ūüėČ

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
Dale Carnegie

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
Dale Carnegie

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just be happy :)

I have ever heard this quote:

Instead of saying “I will be happy IF…”, it would be better if we¬†say “I will be happy EVEN THOUGH …

Let me give some examples:

This what we usually say either to ourselves or to anyone:

  • “I will be happy if I ¬†get a handsome, rich guy. “
  • “I will be happy if I ¬†get a job in a prestigious company with a high salary.”
  • “I will be happy if I am a famous football player/ dancer/ actor.”
  • etc… which it will be an endless list

What makes us happier is when we are able to say these things, such as:

  • “I will be happy even though my boss is quite demanding that he gives me lots of criticisms. ¬† It is much better to hear the truth than to hear that my work is good but in the end of the project he would say my idea is bad.”
  • “I will be happy even though every time it rains, it leaks on my ceiling of my house. At least I still have a house.”
  • “I will be happy even though my family only eat this simple dish not like others who always have a luxurious and tasty dish.”

I have watched  TV programs about some, poor people who are struggling with their unbelievable hard work without complaints to support their family and also students who have to walk for miles across a wide river to go to school because there is no bridge accessible from their home to school.

Life is tough but for those who always do their best and be thankful it would be fruitful.

Be happy..for everything we have…for the people who are around us…for every happy and sad moment that God allows us to have.

Let me make it more simple…¬†Just be happy. (period)

‚ÄúHappiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.‚ÄĚ

‚Äē¬†Mahatma Gandhi

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.‚ÄĚ
‚Äē¬†Mother Teresa

happy

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My New Journey Has Just Begun

Monday, July 9, 2012 was the date when I started my new journey as a student (again) but now it’s just greater that I’m now a graduate school student in English Applied Linguistic in my beloved campus Atma Jaya Catholic University. Eventhough my classes are just pre-course before the real course which is started in August, I find it really enjoyable. It’s just like I’m going back to my old routines in my undergraduate school in Faculty of Education (English major, of course ;p). The differences are the atmosphere in class, the lecturers who are all professors, and the great friends who are well-experienced professionals in their field. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to be able to pursue my dream in my study.

Going back to the day that I was pretty shocked knowing that I missed the chance to be the student for this batch because of a very silly mistake. I was late in paying my tuition which is due on Friday (someday in June) because of my super-business at school. I just realized it when Andi (my fiance) asked me whether I had paid my tuition and I just shouted “Oh no!” It was on Saturday, the day after the due date of the last payment. I directly called the administration staff, Pak Edi for giving me some extra time to transfer my tuition. However, he said that he couldn’t give me that permit as it was the rule, but he gave me some hope that I might register for the next batch next month but it was alright for me not to have the entrance test again. Well, I was very sad but I kept my positive mind that at least I was given another chance to study in July and I should be more careful and pay attention to the important dates next time.

I had come again to the administration to enroll again by paying the registration fee. It quite soothed me but I still have to wait for few more weeks to pay the tuition. One afternoon, I was having my great time “karaoke-ing” with my bestfriends, Amel and Melink when a text message came to my cell phone and it was from Pak Edi, saying that I need to call him urgently. I just realized that he had called me before his message came but I think I was just very busy singing hahaha… Then I called him directly and I got a very big news from him that I was given a chance to enroll for my graduate school without paying any more registration fee (so I will get refund for my second payment for registration) in 3 days. I just answered, “OK, I’ll come to the campus tomorrow. Thank you very much!!!” I thank God for giving me a miracle. Thanks to the other student that had the same case like me so the board reconsidered our opportunities to pay the tuition in allotted time. Horrayyy…

So that’s a brief flash back how I ended up in a class of pre-course for Graduate school. I really had my review about my lessons back then: Linguistics: phonology, semantics, syntax and all the difficult terms also Academic Writing. I’m so happy that I’m among great people as my classmates not mentioning the smart professors (hopefully I can be one of them too ;p)

Thanks God for every opportunity He has given to me to study, learn from the experts and run my new business. I have never thought that things will be this colorful. I was a little bit “shy” in the introduction for our first lesson. Every one was asked their names, professions and things about themselves. Most of them are well-experienced teachers; one of them are lecturer; there are also a journalist, editor and translator. They are super-cool. When it came to my turn, I introduced myself “Hi, My name is Widya. I have been a teacher for about 5 years and I just resigned from my school.” The Prof asked me “Why? How can you pay your tuition?” I directly answered “I just have to choose ¬†from 2 options: study or work and I chose ‘study’. About my tuition “well, I’m getting married” and the class just laughed..hahaha.. (well, I will try my best to pay my own tuition not giving any more burden for my future husband so I try to run a business). I think I had made an impression of the resigned-teacher going to get married soon hahaha

Anyway, I feel so excited and enthusiastic in every lesson. Hopefully I keep my motivation and spirit up. I have to strived harder as I don’t get any scholarship from any institution like my friends do. I have to prove them that I can make accomplishment from a person like me. I have a dream that I will graduate from my Grad school and make all my family and friends very proud of me.

It is just the beginning. I know the road may not be easy so I put the big C (Christ) in every step that I’ve made and believe that something good has been prepared for me and my beloved ones.

^^

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Untukmu Indonesiaku

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Apel Malang vs Apel Washington

Ketika  saya ke toko buah beberapa hari yang lalu, saya melihat buah-buahan yang beraneka ragam dan saya memperhatikan bahwa buah-buahan lokal begitu sedikit jumlahnya bila dibandingkan dengan buah import. Ketika saya membandingkan harga apel Malang dan apel Washington harganya tak jauh berbeda, memang lebih murah jika dibandingkan buah import. Ketika saya berada di Malang, saya pergi ke satu toko buah dan sangat mengejutkan karena hampir semua buah-buahan di sana diimpor dari luar negeri, padahal Malang menghasilkan buah-buahan yang menurut saya mampu bersaing dengan produk asing seperti apel Malang, jeruk Baby. Padahal buah-buahan yang dijual di pasar segar-segar dan harganya pun murah. 

Ternyata kisah produk lokal vs luar negeri, tidak hanya terjadi pada kasus buah-buahan saja melainkan hampir di segala macam sektor kehidupan dari makanan, pakaian, budaya, pendidikan hingga tenaga kerja. Paradigma masyarakat umumnya berpendapat bahwa produk asing lebih baik daripada produk lokal. Anggapan utama bahwa mutu produk lokal di bawah produk asing begitu kental sekali. Hal ini sangat menyedihkan sekali karena Indonesia sebenarnya adalah negara yang sangat kaya tetapi sedikit sekali yang menghargai kekayaan negara kita. Produk, tenaga kerja asing dipandang sebagai sesuatu yang “wah”, hebat, bernilai tinggi padahal sebenarnya produk dan tenaga kerja dalam negeri tidak kalah bersaing lho.

Kabar baiknya Indonesia sudah mulai menunjukkan cakarnya di kancah internasional, salah satunya adalah hasil batik karya negeri yang mulai merambah dunia. Beberapa tenaga kerja yang berasal dari Indonesia yang berkarya di luar negeri dan sukses membawa harum nama Indonesia. Contohnya, para designer, animator di perusahaan animasi ternama internasional, olahragawan yang sukses di negara asing. Namun, pertanyaan besar yang bisa menjadi renungan adalah mengapa para tenaga ahli yang pintar, sukses yang berasal dari Indonesia malah lebih dihargai dan dipandang di negeri lain bukan di negeri asalnya. Beberapa teman dan kenalan saya yang adalah orang pintar di bidangnya malah diberdayakan oleh negara lain dengan fasilitas, gaji yang sangat menggiurkan. Saya hanya berpikir sangat sayang sekali kalau semakin lama semakin banyak tenaga ahli Indonesia yang hijrah ke negara lain, membangun negara lain karena merasa lebih dihargai daripada di negara asalnya sendiri. Semoga ini menjadi PR (Pekerjaan Rumah) bagi pemerintah negara kita. Apalagi globalisasi terutama Asean Free Trade sudah di ambang pintu yakni di tahun 2015. Hal ini bisa menjadi suatu pedang bermata dua, di mana satu sisi ini akan membawa keuntungan bagi produk Indonesia untuk semakin dikenal dunia. Namun, hal yang mungkin terjadi bila tidak dicegah adalah malah sebaliknya produk asing lebih menguasai pasar Indonesia. 

Sebagai pemerhati dunia pendidikan, saya juga melihat betapa banyak orang termasuk para orang tua mengagungkan guru, kepala sekolah asing. Lihat saja banyak sekali  sekolah internasional, national plus, bilingual yang menjamur di kota-kota besar di Indonesia. Kesenjangan fasilitas antara guru asing dan guru lokal begitu nyata. Saya pernah menemui beberapa guru asing yang kurang kompeten dalam mengajar dan bisa dikatakan guru dalam negeri jauh lebih baik dalam manajemen kelas dan memberikan materi yang jelas kepada murid-muridnya. Hanya berbekal modal bisa berbahasa Inggris lancar bukanlah kualifikasi menjadi seorang pendidik. 

Nampaknya sulit sekali stigma ini diubah karena sudah mendarah daging dan menjadi suatu kepercayaan bahwa produk luar negeri itu jauh lebih baik daripada dalam negeri. Mungkin butuh waktu yang cukup lama untuk mengubah mindset ini tetapi bukanlah tak mungkin sama sekali. Mari kita belajar untuk mulai menghargai hasil karya anak bangsa dari unit terkecil yaitu keluarga yang nantinya akan meluas ke lingkungan sekitar kita hingga masyarakat.  Saya percaya bila setiap keluarga mulai menanamkan kecintaannya kepada hasil negara kita, talenta yang dapat diberdayakan secara optimalmampu untuk mengembangkan negara ini, Indonesia kita. 

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A Child’s Prayer

Child:
Heavenly Father, are you really there?
and do you hear and answer every child’s prayer.
Some say that Heaven is far away,
but i feel it close around me as i pray.

Heavenly Father, i remember now,
something that Jesus told Disciples long ago.
Suffer the children to come to me,
Father in prayer i’m coming now to thee.

Mother/Father:
Pray, He is there.
Speak, He is listening.
You are his child,
his love now surrounds you.

He hears your prayer,
He loves the children,
of such is the Kingdom,
the Kingdom of Heav’n

(Child and Mother/Father verses sung together) x1

Repeat last line.

taken from http://www.lyricszoo.com

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You’re the best thing i never knew I needed

Dear my friends and kids here in SF, also tribute for those in SJS, SMIS PIK, SAEC,

Time is ticking..it’s just doing the count down..

i’m really gonna miss you all and …

Thank You from the bottom of my heart!

i know that we’ve only met and known each other for a while, but it seems like i know you for years.

i really appreciate those times we were together, in our good times and bad times.

i’m really sorry for the things that i’ve ever said and done.. i really regret those.

thank you for making me a better person and teacher.

i’ll never realize that i will leave all those times soon but..

i’ll pray for you..may God’s grace always be with you and you are favorably blessed by the sweet Lord Jesus

may you all be healthy and successful in all your ways

i can’t stop thank you for all of the joy you’ve put in my heart,

thank you for the strength that you give so i can stand up again whenever i fall

i’m really thankful to God for everything that i have been thru here in SF with you, more than words can say…

i really hate good bye so i won’t say “Good Bye” but i’ll say “See you” as we will still see each other and wherever i am, i will remember you as a part of my life and i’m so grateful.

with warm hugs and kisses,

widya

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Count On Me ~Bruno Mars

Count On Me

Oh uh-huh
If you ever find yourself stuck in the middle of the sea
I’ll sail the world to find you
If you ever find yourself lost in the dark and you can’t see
I’ll be the light to guide youFind out what we’re made of
When we are called to help our friends in needChorus
You can count on me like 1, 2, 3
I’ll be there
And I know when I need it
I can count on you like 4, 3, 2
You’ll be there
‘Cause that’s what friends are supposed to do, oh yeah
Ooooooh, oooohhh yeah, yeah


If you’re tossin’ and you’re turnin’
And you just can’t fall asleep
I’ll sing a song beside you
And if you ever forget how much you really mean to me
Every day I will remind you

Oooh
Find out what we’re made of
When we are called to help our friends in need

Chorus
You can count on me like 1, 2, 3
I’ll be there
And I know when I need it
I can count on you like 4, 3, 2
You’ll be there
‘Cause that’s what friends are supposed to do, oh yeah
Ooooooh, oooohhh yeah, yeah

You’ll always have my shoulder when you cry
I’ll never let go
Never say goodbye
You, oh, you

Chorus
You know you can count on me like 1, 2, 3
I’ll be there
And I know when I need it
I can count on you like 4, 3, 2
You’ll be there
‘Cause that’s what friends are supposed to do, oh yeah
Ooooooh, oooohhh

You can count on me ’cause I can count on you

taken from http://www.azlyrics.com

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F***in’ Perfect

Made a wrong turn
Once or twice
Dug my way out
Blood and fire
Bad decisions
That’s alright
Welcome to my silly life
Mistreated, misplaced, misunderstood
Miss “no way it’s all good”
It didn’t slow me down
Mistaken, always second guessing
Underestimated
Look, I’m still around…

Pretty, pretty please
Don’t you ever, ever feel
Like you’re less than
Fuckin’ perfect
Pretty, pretty please
If you ever, ever feel
Like you’re nothing,
You’re fuckin’ perfect to me

You’re so mean
When you talk
About yourself
You are wrong
Change the voices
In your head
Make them like you instead

So complicated
Look how we are makin
Filled with so much hatred
Such a tired game
It’s enough
I’ve done all I can think of
Chased down all my demons
I’d see you do the same

Pretty, pretty please
Don’t you ever, ever feel
Like you’re less than
F***in’ perfect
Pretty, pretty please
If you ever, ever feel
Like you’re nothing
You’re f***in’ perfect to me

The whole world’s scared so I swallow the fear
The only thing I should be drinking is an ice cold beer
So cool in line and we tried, tried, tried
But we try too hard, and it’s a waste of my time
Done looking for the critics, cuz they’re everywhere
They don’t like my jeans, they don’t get my hair
Estrange ourselves and we do it all the time
Why do we do that?
Why do I do that?
Why do I do that?

Yeah!
Woah oh pretty, pretty, pretty,

Pretty pretty please
Don’t you ever, ever feel
Like you’re less than,
Fuckin’ perfect
Pretty pretty please
If you ever, ever feel
Like you’re nothing,
You’re f***in’ perfect to me…yeah

You’re perfect
You’re perfect…

Pretty, pretty please
If you ever, ever feel
Like you’re nothin,
You’re f***in’ perfect…to me.

Pink Fuckin’ Perfect lyrics found on http://www.directlyrics.com/pink-fuckin-perfect-lyrics.html

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What Doesn’t Kill You ~ Kelly Clarkson

You know the bed feels warmer
Sleeping here alone
You know I dream in colour
And do the things I want

You think you got the best of me
Think you had the last laugh
Bet you think that everything good is gone
Think you left me broken down
Think that I’d come running back
Baby you don’t know me, cause you’re dead wrong

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter
Footsteps even lighter
Doesn’t mean I’m over cause you’re gone

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stronger
Just me, myself and I
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone

You heard that I was starting over with someone new
They told you I was moving on over you

You didn’t think that I’d come back
I’d come back swinging
You tried to break me, but you see

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter
Footsteps even lighter
Doesn’t mean I’m over cause you’re gone

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stronger
Just me, myself and I
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone

Thanks to you I got a new thing started
Thanks to you I’m not the broken hearted
Thanks to you I’m finally thinking bout me
You know in the end the day you left was just my beginning
In the end…

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter
Footsteps even lighter
Doesn’t mean I’m over cause you’re gone

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stronger
Just me, myself and I
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone

Kelly Clarkson What Doesn’t Kill You lyrics found on http://www.directlyrics.com/kelly-clarkson-what-doesnt-kill-you-lyrics.html

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