Today Quote

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else.

And for everything you gain, you lose something else.

It is about your outlook towards life.

You can either regret or rejoice.

by unknown.

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a good one

24. oct. a birth certificate said, I was born this day. a good day is today.

Its a bright monday morning, a good sleep till lot of sun came into my bed and a big meal at my favorite hawker stall.

Was a good decision to ask rather than to assume, a good place for a relaxing massage I had in the afternoon and have a little rest before going out.

With healthy delicious meal at night and a good companion to talk lot surprising funny topics.

a good day as its just flow with enjoyable feeling.

The Paradox of Our Times – 2

Series : Two

We built more computers to hold more information to produce more copy than ever, But we have less communication.

We have become long on quantity, but short in quality.

From the book of Apelles Poh, “Live Well, Love More, Laugh Often”
Essay written by Dr. Bob Moorehead (1995) collection of prayers, homilies, monologues used in his sermons.

Responsible needed?

It’s in my draft as I have no time to look it again.

Today it was a discussion on Wed, 12 Oct 2011.

A friend of us bring and lead us into an interactive discussion. Only given a paper with Y and N on each side if it. It was a very interesting and fun, kind of unusual but everyone like it.

There is one particular question.
Is it wrong to skip service or LG ( Life Group )?

Everyone start to think, all datas from previous generation was like retrieving back to the surface. As much as you want to find out the answer and support it. Then we have to raise our paper and show what we thought the answer within minutes.

I was a little bit doubt about it between this two, so many situation will be either Yes or No. But Responsibility! Thats word comes across suddenly and then with a little doubt I choose Yes, It is wrong.

Then I have to sit with friends that have the same answer and it’s only 4 of us! The rest about 12 people said, No. My doubt getting bigger, lols. My leader is there and all core team are there too. It increases my nervous system slowly. But Nothing wrong or right about the answer.

Then we were given time to discuss about it. Why we choose Yes and why we choose No.

As we discuss, I get inspiration from this friend, he showed me one verse to support his statement and make my answer a certain thing but how will I explain it?

Nervous, i just simply said ; as a Christian, we have responsibility to come to the service and Life Group.

So here is my thought about it, why I said responsible is the key word here.

Why are we here (in this service and life group)?
You want to praise and worship the lord, don’t you? You want to listen to the testimony or sharing, don’t you? and you want to learn one or two from teaching or discussion, don’t you?

Then why all these are important?

Because you are responsible to grow in Him by paying attention to the teaching or discussion. Because you are responsible to glorify His kingdom by doing sharing about His blessing, grace and mercy in your life. and Because you are responsible to impart your life to other people around you by learning, absorbing and understand anything about Him.

And beside that, because you are responsible to be accountable to people in here (church and life group) and protect one another by reminding, poking, encouraging.

So being part in a service and life group, is a responsibility you have to equip your self. The impact is very big in your life and people life around you. See — how much you can change the world? you are doing a great job by doing something significant as a habit.

Responsible needed.

Every single thing we have

I wanna say :

We should satisfy with what we have.
(I think, it easy to get contented but slightly difficult to be satisfied)

And we should treasure it the most.

Every little things, Every single things. Because they are precious.

You will only realize it when they are gone. And it will be too late.

Steve Job 1955-2011

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve has lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. Apple.com.

I have been reading intensively since the first iPhone came out. It was the gift from my sister and I was just fall in love with the phone right away.

It was just a new thing Apple introduced back then, a new simple thing and just work as it is. beautifully design inside and outside.

since then, I know apple more and more each weeks. and keep reading other company too. so I could see what Apple made a different.

Interesting, but I love Apple products. Apple created it with a simple approach, self defined products, work of art and just work. They appreciate what they do and love them. its such an imitate relationship there. They want us to connect with products.

I love Steve for all his arrogance which I thought sometime so stubbornly ignore other competitor’s improvements. but it all stand still and prove to be the right. Many features but never use, its same as useless. Apple understand this clearly.

I remember to have a window mobile 6.5 (Dopod 900), but its all just for sms and phone, 3G connection was not that strong, video calling is not affordable and all many features, I ended never touch it.

Thanks Steve, You drove the smartphone into a better world, if not we will still use Nokia, Android and Windows Phones won’t born into thinking further. We are benefited from all these competitiveness. Rest in Peace. We will miss you Steve

This is a very nice speech from Steve Jobs when he attended the graduation ceremony at Stanford University. A short story and nice reading.

This is a prepared text of the Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005.

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.” My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:

Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

My second story is about love and loss.

I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

My third story is about death.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.

This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

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

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960’s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Thank you all very much.

Funny might be

I was set younger back there, in late teens, excited, fun and full of activities.

That day, It was late at nite, we were just coming back from somewhere, with my dad and mom.

I was feeling happy and light and run up the stair to second floor of my house. It’s not even like my house but i feel that i knew the house. I went straight to to my room.

There were 2 bedrooms on second floor and a living room too.

Before I open my door’s room, I saw a glance at corner of my eye and turned my head to the right side.

I saw a leg of somebody standing on the other side of the room.

I was so curious, so chased him, I could not see the face but back of somebody running into the other room, he was like a 10 years old boy in pajama.

Then I took my guitar from living room to knock the door and no response I received, the door was still close. I didnt force it or call my parent.

Then I decided to go back to my room (the staircase on my left side) but before I open the door, I saw boy’s leg again!

This time, to get the vision clear, I walked down to staircase a few steps.

Now!! I could see what I want to see clearly. The boy, he was standing there and just simply stand with natural looking. Not tried to scare me not even smile at all, but I could see in his eyes an excitement I guess, he was standing there just like wanted to play with me, or ready to run again.

For a little a while, I paused and looked at him, Then inside my head rushly I remember that there were only 3 of us at home! then who is this boy?

Who are you?! What are you doing here?! I said.

He stand still, and the excitement in his eyes was still there.

Suddenly a nervous spreads all over my body.
.
This time I shout a little bit louder, Why you are here?!! Whats….

Then I awoke! It’s just a dream though..!! Aah.. (lega..)

This is an interesting discover I thought.–

In an awake world, someone beside me woke me up and said, you were shouting unclearly.

ng…! ng…!! Ung…!! Ng….!!!
in some point it hit high and low

O ya?!! I asked.
Ya,! That’s why I woke you up. I thought you have a bad dream.

Then, I tried to remember back to my dream, the last intense conversation I had was with the boy.

I spoke clearly in that dream! but grumbling in an awake world.

Suddently In my wild thought, funny might be but logically acceptable. Hehe…

All animals speak thier own language that being understood by each of their kind.

But we (human) called it, dog’s barking, bird’s chirping, monkey’s shouting, Pig’s Oink oink and so on because we dont get it, just like someone whom woke me up.

Interesting isnt it? I thought they speak clearly in their world just like me in my dream, I spoke clearly too. 😀

But in an awake world, people could not understand. So we call dog’s barking, bird’s chirping, monkey’s shouting, Pig’s Oink oink.. etc

Funny might be.. 😀