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Guest: "Just what is the feeling 'bored', old man?"

Old Man:
"Bored is a state where the mind wants a change, longing for something new, and want a cessation of the routine of life and the monotony of the situation from time to time."

Guest: "Why do we feel bored?"

Old man: "Because we never feel satisfied with what we have."

Guest: "How do we eliminate boredom?"

Old man: "There's only one way, enjoy it, then we will be free of it."

Guest: "How is it possible to enjoy the boredom?"

Old man: "Ask yourself this: why don't you ever get bored eating the same rice every day?"

Guest: "Because we eat rice with toppings and different vegetables, old man."

Old man: "That's right, my boy, add something new in the routine, then boredom would be lost."

Guest: "How do we add new things in the routine?"

Old Man:
"Change the way you do the routine. If you are write while sitting down, try to write while squatting or lying down. If you are read in a chair, try to read while walking or jumping up and down. If you usually call with your right hand, try it with your left hand or with feet if you can. And so on. "

Then the guests went away.

A few days later the guests were visiting the old man again.

Guest: "Old man, I've done what you suggest, why do I still feel bored, too?"

Old man: "Try to do something that is childish."

Guest: "For example?"

Old man: "Play the best games you like as a child at the time."

Then the guests went away.

A few weeks later, the guests had come back to the old man's house.

"Old man, I did what you suggest. In any spare time I played all the games the children who I love once. And a miracle happened. Now I never feel bored again, although I did the things that I once considered boring. Why be so, old man? "

The Old Man smiled and said:
"Since everything is actually derived from your own mind, my son. Boredom is also derived from the mind of thinking about the boredom. I told you to play like a child to be a cheerful mind. Now you do not feel tired anymore because your idea of fun defeated your idea of boredom. Everything comes from the mind. If you think you're tired because of boredom. Think happy to make you happy. "

Created by Adhitya Whardana

1 dollar 11 cents

Sally was only eight years old when she heard her mother and father were talking about her younger brother, Georgi. He was suffering from a severe illness and they have been doing whatever they can do to save his life. Only a very expensive operation that could save his live now... but they do not have the cost for that. Sally heard him whisper, "Only a miracle can save him now."
Sally went to bed and took her piggy bank from its hiding place. Then she opened all its content to the floor and counted it carefully ... three times. The value must be absolutely right.
While carrying the money, Sally sneak out and go to the drugstore on the corner. He waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her attention ... but he was too busy with other people to be bothered by an eight-year-old child. Sally tried to attract attention with her legs shook, but failed. Finally she took a quarter and threw it into the glass. Success!
"What do you need?" Pharmacist asked in an angry voice. "I was talking with my brother."
"But, I want to talk to you about my brother," Sally answered with the same tone. "He's sick ... and I want to buy a miracle."
"What did you say?," Said the pharmacist.
"My Daddy says only a miracle can save him now ... so how much does a miracle cost?"
"We do not sell miracles here, little girl. I can not help you. "
"Look, I have the money to buy it. Tell me how much it costs. "
A well-dressed man stopped and asked, "What kind of a miracle is needed by your brother?"
"I do not know," said Sally. Tears started rolling down her cheeks. "I just know he's really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my parents can not pay ... but I also have money. "
"How much money do you have?" Asked the man again.
"One dollar and eleven cents," Sally answered proudly. "And it's all the money I have in this world."
"Wow, what a coincidence," the man said with a smile. "One dollar and eleven cents ... the right price for a miracle to save a little brother. He took her money and then hold Sally's hand, saying: "Take me to your brother. I want to meet him and also your parents. "
The man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a famous surgeon .... The operation was completed without charge and it was not long until Georgi was home again and doing well. Both parents are very happy to get a miracle. "The operation," her mother whispered, "was like a miracle.
I can not imagine how much it costs ". Sally smiled. He knew exactly how much a miracle cost ... one dollar and eleven cents ... plus the faith.
Best Gifts
To friends - Loyalty
To the enemy - forgiveness
To the chairman - solemn
To the young - the best example
To the elderly - Appreciate their gratitude and loyalty.
Partner - Love and obedience
To men - Freedom

Created by Adhitya Whardana

Think Creative

Thinking Creative means that we mustn't limit ourselves to common or routine things.
But try to find new breakthroughs or ideas.
So there will be an improvement or innovation in our activities.

Some people believe that living in the "compact" lifestyle, which means having the same way of thinking, acting, etc. brings togetherness. It's actually true in a way, but has a downside. It makes us believe that everything which is same is compact. It limits our creativity since there's no way to improve with new ideas. For example, in Indonesia, traditions that are passed down from the ancestors must be followed exactly. Leaving no room for the new generations to improve it, because it would mean disrespecting the ancestors.

Ngaben Ceremony
People burn the corpse of their loved ones is an
example of unchangeable traditions

Here are factors that limit our creativity, according to psychologist Robert W. Olson:
1. Habit
Always finishing the same problem with the same method. Routine habits of using the same method all the time, limits our creativity on solving problems.

Don't have time. Became the most common excuse for not being creative. But if we can be creative, won't that mean we'll finish our problems in less time. Then we'll have more time to enjoy afterwards. Henry Ford once said, "Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it."

3.Too Much Problems
Make a priority scale. Solve most the important problems before doing the rest.

4.Afraid to Fail
A man feels safe and comfortable with the salary he has, as long as it can support living. Surely, his life will never get better. He's afraid of making mistakes when trying to improve. But, he won't be able to handle problems once he's fired. It's better to fail than to not try, because we'll lose our golden opportunity to success.

People don't want to experience difficulty because they just want quick answers to solve it. After it fails, they try the second quickest solution. They won't get used to thinking alternative solutions.

6.Lack of Knowledge
When playing chess, you won't improve without creating new strategies to win. Improve yourselves further. Think of different strategies in solving a problem. So, increase your knowledge by studying or practicing.

7.Afraid of Having Fun
People usually doesn't realize that relaxing and having fun is an important aspect in solving problems creatively. Serious but relaxed.

8.Need Flexible Ideas
Fresh ideas will stimulate our minds and creativity. But an idea can only solve some problems, so we need to develop new ideas all the time.

Here's my last example of being creative. Note that I can't take any credit in writing most of the posts. Not to brag but so far, I've picked up my writing material from my school's text books, newspaper and games.

Just A Glass of Milk

One day, a poor boy who lived from selling matches door-to-door, found that he only has a few cents left over money in his pocket, and he is very hungry.
The boy decides to ask for food at the next house.
But the boy lost his nerve when a young woman opened the door of the house.
The boy did not ask for food, he only dared to ask for a glass of water.

The young woman observed, and thought that this boy must be hungry,
therefore, he brought a large glass of milk.

The boy drank it slowly, and then asked, "how should I pay for this large glass of this milk?
"She answered: "You do not have to pay anything".
"Mother taught us not to accept payment for doing good "says the woman added.

The boy then spent his milk and said: "From within my heart I thank you. "

Many years later, the young woman suffered a critical illness. The doctors in that town were not able to handle it. They finally sent her to large cities, where there are specialists who can deal with this rare disease.

Dr. Howard was called in to investigate.
By the time he heard the name of the town origin of the woman, his eyes made a weird glance.
He immediately rose and hurried down the hall of the hospital, to the woman's room.
With the medicine, he was dressed in uniform and met the woman.

He immediately recognized her at once.
He then returned to the consultation room and made the best efforts to save the woman.
From that day on, he always gives special attention to her case.

After a long struggle, finally gained the victory ... She was cured!!
Dr. Howard asked the hospital's financial section to submit all medical bills to him for approval.
Dr. Howard saw it, and wrote something on the corner of invoices, and then send it to the patient's room.

She was afraid to open those bills, she was convinced that she will not be able to pay these bills even if it takes the rest of her life. Finally, she ventured to read the bill, and caught attention on the corner of the charge sheet. It reads .. "It has been paid in full with a big glass of milk!!" signed, Dr. Howard Kelly.

Tears of joy flooded her eyes. She prayed:
"Lord, thank you, that your love has filled the whole earth through the heart and
human hands. "

Be A Leader 2

Leaders are born from 2 factors:
1. Natural Talent
2. Life Experience
  • Failure in life
  • Crisis
  • Success through hardship
  • Life at home
  • etc.
Like I said in my previous post, most leaders are born from life experience. But the key to developing leadership skills doesn't exist in the experience, no matter how good or bad it is. The key exists in how the person respond to the experience. When people experience hardship, they could get scared and stop trying, or they could choose to learn from it and become stronger.

The identity needed to be a leader:
1. A leader needs to have influence
You don't need to try too hard to do this. Just by motivating others, you've already proven to have influence. Cheer your friends up when they're sad, give them help, advices and encouragement to continue on. Earn the trust of others, when things get tough, be the one to say, "Don't worry, we'll get through this." People will feel great around you, they'll believe in you. But make sure not to disappoint their trusts.

2. A leader needs to know his/her self
How can a person who doesn't know his/her own limits be able to lead anyone? First of all, you must know and understand your strengths and weaknesses. Share them with the people you trust.

What are you waiting for? Don't be passive, the best leaders are the active ones. It won't hurt for you to try becoming one.

Be A Leader 1

Why become a "leader"?
*Because the world is in a global leadership crisis.

Why is the world in a global leadership crisis?
These are some of the causing factors:
1. The lack of competence of the leader
2. Flawed character of leaders (power hungry)
3. Lack of Integrity
4. Leaders don't function in the same manner as they should be
5. Passiveness towards the leadership crisis

Are you a follower or a leader? If you're a follower, when are you going to take the next step in life? You're life won't progress for the better.

For example, save money and try running your own business. Are you just going to work under someone your entire life? Hoping you'll get a bonus or a raise, and avoiding getting fired until the day you retire. Or you can start your own business, you'll earn money even after you retire.

What are the benefits of becoming a leader?
1. You can take control of your own life
2. Inspire your teammates to sprint to the finish on an important project
3. Nurturing a corporate culture that engenders loyalty and retention
4. Inspire a classroom of students to become lifelong learners
5. Alternate way to make a living

I'm not saying that becoming a leader is an easy job. For some people, it takes effort and time. But you have to have patience and compassion to become a true leader.

How leaders are born:
  • Talent/Charisma 10%
  • Crisis 5%
  • Trained 85%
As you can see, only some leaders are born from talent or a crisis. Most have to train themselves to become leaders. Start training yourself if you want to make more out of life! It's never too late to learn becoming a leader.

How to Set Smart Goals

Be clear with your goals. The more you know about the things you want, the easier it will be to get motivated to achieve them. The incentives live inside the details. So it should be obvious that a vague idea is a failure from the start. Be clear. Be specific.

Below are two reasons why others have trouble accomplishing their goals. Knowing the do not's will help you to realize the do's of goal setting.

1. Setting Unattainable Goals
One of the most frequent reasons why others find so much frustration with their goals is because they set them too high. Creating goals that are unattainable not only makes it impossible to succeed, but it also creates a negative attitude towards the use of goals. When you set goals too high and constantly fall short, you may not want to use them in the future.

2. Setting Unchallenging Goals
The reverse of setting unattainable goals is also a hindrance to success. When goals are set too low, there is no motivation to work hard. When you feel like you don't have to work that hard to reach your goals, you don't think about them nor do you really care if you reach it.

In order for people to feel compelled to work hard towards something, they must feel challenged. Setting goals too low decreases motivation and energy.

Now that you know the problems associated with goal setting, be sure to avoid them at all costs. When you set your goals, or help others to do the same, make sure they are both challenging and attainable. This way you will be motivated to work hard and feel the rush of success when you accomplish your goals!

by Jason Gracia

Here is a useful site to learn about motivating ourselves:

Where would you wear it?

My school gave each students a bracelet which is written "MODESTY". All students are told to wear the bracelet. We are told to wear it on the right hand if we think we are modest. And to wear it in the left hand if we think we're not modest yet. We can choose where to wear the bracelet on our free will.

Some wore it in the right hand and others on the left. I wore it in my right hand while some of my friends wore it in the left. My friend who wore the bracelet on the left said, "How arrogant! Calling yourself modest like that. Look, I'm modest enough to say I'm arrogant. While you're arrogant enough to call yourself modest."

That really got me thinking. If you were to told to wear the bracelet, where would you wear it?