Different countries means different learning experiences

Dear my journal,
I would like to share with you some of my wondeful experiences in my life.
I have just come back from overseas and i have many stories to tell you.
Here is just one of them:

I was given n opportunity to join executive education program and from those i met many people around the world.
Most of them are from japan.
There are so many things i learnt from this program such as increasing my cultural awareness, cooperating with different personalities, time management and many more.

Its just a very short time program but it gaves me much knowledge even more than a year learning in my home countries.

The professor is very expert yet friendly and open for any ideas or suggestion. Hee to mention some of their names, one of them is actually my lecturer in my mba class, he is expertise in management and organizations subject. The other is Dr. Konno Phd researcher from Japan, Dr. Arnold Wasserman, Mr. Takaaki Oiwa, and one expertise in innovation in Singapore. Prof. Poh Kam

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How to Deal with Keep Changing Situation?

Imagine!! You are living in a very comfortable life, good life and expecting everything to be the same far for the future.

Suddenly, something you had not expected happened. The situation begin to turmoil and you don’t know what to do.

Well! Change Happens, they keep moving the ‘Cheese’

(Thats one of the very famous lessons from best selling books: “Who Moved My Cheese”)

I’ve just finished read those written books by Spencer Johnson. and personally i think this book is quite interesting.

This is not a very hard book to read, (compare with your class textbook, of course!) but for me, this book really worth it! It does not take long to complete all of the chapter. But the lessons is really inspiring.

Everybody has its own pursuing things in life, including us! We often develop strategy how to get our ‘Cheese’ or we can simply say ‘our destinations’ (it could be material things or simply living with peaceful life and family). Each person has its own favorite cheese, it could be camembert, brie, or  mozarella. Then we started to find our cheese.

This is what happened to the four main character in this book, two of them are mice name Sniff and Scurry, with their instinct and simple mind are trying to find their cheese, The other two characters are Hem and How (two little people with some smart yet complicated mind).

After a while, those four characters already find their own cheese. They got everything they need. Life is good indeed! The cheese is so abundant until the two little people think that it will remain forever during their live.

Until one day the cheese disappear! The two little people are not so ready to face the reality, and they keep asking why and stuck in their place trying to figure out where on earth their cheese is and who has moved their cheese?

On the other hand, the two mices with simple minds which also face the same situations, is simply taking a different step. They are started to moving on and try to find another cheese using their instinct. Sniff with its sniffing ability, and scurry which always hurry chasing every opportunity. 🙂

These two mices sometimes stuck in a blind alley or get bumped into death way in a maze, but they are keep trying and never stopping. Until someday, tehy find another Cheese station with a huge..huge amount of cheese and it even bigger than the cheese in the previous station, the big as they never imagine about it before.

Then what happen with the two little people?

Haw finally realized that she should initiate new steps to find another cheese. She cannot stay in the situation when there is no cheese. Then what about Hem? this little people is still continue to find out why the cheese is moving and he stuck in his unanswered question. He dont want to make a move. He is too comfortable with his situation now. He said to Haw,

“Jumping back to the maze? are you crazy? Do you know how much the risk is over there…the dark and blind alley, what if you go there and never came back again? You will never know what will going on outside there”

There are so many things to worry for Hem, until his fear occupy his mind and he never take a risk and jump to the maze.

In contrast, Haw decide to overcome her fear. She never let her fear occupy his forward movement. Now, she is ready to go to the ‘Maze’ again and dare to take risk, whatever could happen next inside the maze.

In summary, Haw find the new cheese station, similar with her two mices friends. It is not a simple journey afterall. But she enjoy her decisions and movement along the maze. Those brave steps can actually change her mind and perspectives.

What about Hem? the book does not mention what about Hem next? It depends on how he can deals with the situation and the option are there. It is just about he dare to take a risk or still staying in his comfort zone with ‘no cheese’ situation.

In Brief, this book tells us about the life which keeps changing and how we cope and thrive with the change itself! For me its simple yet motivating indeed!

Sometimes we need to take a risk, faulty is the lead to another success story!

Life Moves On and So Should We! 🙂

The Remembrance


Setiap saat, dalam setiap langkah kita adalah ibadah, yang harusnya semata-mata kita tujukan untukNYA. Namun, begitu banyak hijab yang menutupi mata hati kita dan membuat kita lalai mengingatNYA. Padahal semua yang terjadi pada diri kita yang kita lakukan dan kita temui setiap harinya adalah perbuatanNYA. Namun, karena sifat kita sebagai manusia yang lemah dan lalai ini, kita selalu merasa bahwa kitalah yang berkuasa.  Padahal kenyataannya, kita tidak ada kekuatan sama sekali, adanya kekuatan hanyalah karena anugerah dari NYA.

Oleh karena itu, sudah seharusnya kita tanamkan rasa cinta dan bersyukur kepada Rabb kita, yang menciptakan dan memelihara kita dengan nikmat yang tiada bandingnya ini, salah satu caranya adalah dengan berdzikir.

Dengan berdzikir, inshaAllah akan mendekatkan kita kepadaNYA serta menambah rasa cinta kita kepada Sang Pencipta. Berdzikir juga membantu kita menjadi lebih tenang dan menjernihkan hati kita.

Dzikir berarti cinta kepada Allah, tidak ada tingkatan yang lebih tinggi diatas kecintaan kepada Allah …, maka berdzikirlah kamu (dengan menyebut ) Allah, sebagaimana kamu ingat kepada orang tua kalian, atau bahkan lebih dari itu …. (QS 2:200)

“Katakanlah, jika bapak-bapak, anak-anak, saudara-saudara, istri-istri, kaum keluargamu, harta kekayaan yang kamu usahakan, perniagaaan yang kamu khawatiri kerugiannya, dan rumah-rumah tinggal yang kamu sukai, adalah lebih kamu cintai dari pada Allah dan Rasul-Nya dan (dari) berjihad di jalan-Nya, maka tunggulah sampai Allah mendatangkan keputusan-Nya. dan Allah  tidak memberi petunjuk kepada orang-orang fasik.” (QS 9:24 )

“Dan sebutlah (nama) Tuhanmu dalam hatimu (jiwamu) dengan merendahkan diri dan rasa takut, dan dengan tidak mengeraskan suara, di waktu pagi dan petang, dan janganlah kamu termasuk orang-orang yang lalai.” (QS 7:205)
Aku hadapkan wajahku kepada wajah yang menciptakan langit dan bumi, dengan lurus. Aku bukanlah orang yang berbuat syirik, sesungguhnya shalatku, ibadahku, hidupku, dan matiku kuserahkan (berserah diri) kepada Tuhan sekalian Alam ….


Being Rich!

In the Name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful.

What does being rich for you mean?

For many people being rich is the same with being happy.

As now i am a college student, most of my friends are thinking about  graduating and then find a job quickly. (if its possible they want to work in MNC which could gave ’em good remuneration which can make them rich instantly).

However, in the real situation its not always simple. Sometimes you get richer at the same time you lose your happiness. Suddenly you realized that you are so busy with your work although you create lots of money. In Summary we can say that: Money does not always bring happiness!

I have friend who really concern about his saving, he works in big company and he earn good salary there. Everyday he try to do saving by minimize his expenditure as low as possible. (for some people it is considered as lil bit ‘stingy’). since he has made lots of money from his savings, but i really wonder if he really happy with his own life. I mean, keep doing that for several years,  it might be not work for me…

Now let’s see an interesting article which i find in http://www.sufinews.com, the article is about a very poor man who has a dream to build mosque and he make it into reality.

For me this article is really inspiring. since many people want to be rich to satisfy their ‘ego’ yet forget about the fundamental things which we should pursue in our life.

Seorang Miskin Membangun Mesjid Paling Unik di Dunia

Mungkin kita tak percaya jika tidak melihat faktanya. Seorang yang tidak kaya, bahkan tergolong miskin, namun mampu membangun sebuah Masjid di Turki.

Nama masjidnya pun paling aneh di dunia,  yaitu “*Shanke Yadem*” (Anggap Saja Sudah Makan).

Sangat aneh bukan? Dibalik Masjid yang namanya paling aneh tersebut ada cerita yang sangat menarik dan mengandung pelajaran yang sangat berharga bagi kita.

Ceritanya begini : Di sebuah kawasan Al-Fateh, di pinggiran kota Istanbul ada seorang yang wara’ dan sangat sederhana, namanya Khairuddin Afandi.

Setiap kali ke pasar ia tidak membeli apa-apa. Saat merasa lapar dan ingin makan atau membeli sesuatu, seperti buah, daging atau manisan, ia berkata pada dirinya: Anggap saja sudah makan yang dalam bahasa Turkinya “ Shanke Yadem” .

Nah, apa yang dia lakukan setelah itu? Uang yang seharusnya digunakan untukmembeli keperluan makanannya itu dimasukkan ke dalan kotak (tromol)…Begitulah yang dia lakukan setiap bulan dan sepanjang tahun.  Ia mampu menahan dirinya untuk tidak makan dan belanja kecuali sebatas menjaga kelangsungan hidupnya saja.

Hari berganti hari, bulan berganti bulan, tahun berganti tahun Khairuddin Afandi konsisten dengan amal dan niatnya yang kuat untuk mewujudkan impiannya membangun sebuah masjid.

Tanpa terasa, akhirnya Khairuddin Afandi mampu mengumpulkan dana untuk membangun sebuah masjid kecil di daerah tempat tinggalnya.

Bentuknyapun sangat sederhana, sebuah pagar persegi empat, ditandai dengan dua menara di sebelah kiri dan kanannya, sedangkan di sebelah arah kiblat ditengahnya dibuat seperti mihrab.

Akhirnya, Khairuddin berhasil mewujudkan cita-citanya yang amat mulia itu dan masyarakat di sekitarnyapun keheranan,

kok Khairuddin yang miskin itu di dalam dirinya tertanam sebuah cita-cita mulia, yakni membangun sebuah masjid dan berhasil dia wujudkan.

Tidak banyak orang yang menyangka bahwa Khairudin ternyata orang yang sangat luar biasa dan banyak orang yang kaya yang tidak bisa berbuat kebaikan seperti Khairuddin Afandi.

Setelah masjid tersebut berdiri, masyarakat penasaran apa gerangan yang terjadi pada Khairuddin Afandi. Mereka bertanya bagaimana ceritanya seorang yang miskin bisa membangun masjid.

Setelah mereka mendengar cerita yang sangat menakjubkan itu, merekapun sepakat memberi namanya dengan: “Shanke yadem” (Angap Saja Saya Sudah makan).

How wonderful the story is, Lets evaluate ourselves how many people get stuck in collecting their own wealth then forget about other. How many people think like Khaeruddin who has a big dream to build mosque for the community instead of for himself (athough he is indeed a very poor man).

Well, i hope i can also learn from his story, just wondering if we are collecting money…lets say..million billion or trillion, then what it will ended for? Finally we will leave them, right?

This story reminds me to one ayat in the Qur’an:

Beautified for people is the love of that which they desire – of women and sons, heaped-up sums of gold and silver, fine branded horses, and cattle and tilled land. That is the enjoyment of worldly life, but Allah has with Him the best return. (Ali Imran:14)

Truly to Allah we belong and verily to Him we shall return. Amin