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Renungan
“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?”


Friday, July 29, 2011

Ramadhan 2011

Beberapa malam lepas, aku telah mendengar syarahan di surau berdekatan rumah aku. Aku agak teruja melihat gelagat uztaz ini. Aku belum pernah mendengar beliau mmberi syarahan di surau ini. Sangkaan aku itu ternyata benar bila salah seorang ahli qariah surau itu menyatakan ini kali pertama beliau memberi syarahan di surau tersebut.

Dari gaya pertuturannya aku tahu beliau berasal dari Indonesia. Dia punya master dari UKM dan sesuai dengan teknologi terkini, beliau menggunakan I-Pad dalam memberi syarahan. Very interesting. Syarahan beliau mengenai Ramadhan. Pada aku, kandungannya cukup basic tetapi memang terkesan pada aku.
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Beliau menyatakan kita mesti banyak bersyukur Tuhan beri kita peluang untuk bertemu Ramadhan sekali lagi. Ramadhan merupakan nikmat besar dari Tuhan untuk umat muslim. Ramai kawan-kawan kita telah pergi dahulu lalu tidak dapat menikmati Ramadhan yang akan datang ini.

Sebelum tiba Ramadhan, elok sangat kita ingati segala dosa yang telah kita lakukan. Pohon sungguh-sungguh agar Tuhan ampuni segala dosa-dosa kita masa bulan Ramadhan ini. Cara terbaik untuk Tuhan ampuni kita ialah dengan lakukan puasa di bulan Ramadhan dengan cara terbaik. Tunaikan segala tuntutan Ramadhan itu dengan jitu. Jika Tuhan suka dengan amalan kita di bulan Ramadhan, dengan izinNya, segala dosa kita diampuni. Amat payah kalau nak harap semata-mata kepada amalan kita untuk hapus dosa kita.

Beliau juga menyarankan agar kita semua belajar sangka baik. Sebagai contoh, diri kita mungkin bersangka seseorang itu mahu menunjuk kebolehan beliau membaca AlQuran dengan baik. Jika kita sedar kita bersangka demikian, cepat-cepat kita tukar sangka itu kepada sangka baik seperti bilakah aku boleh membaca AlQuran seperti orang itu. Jika ini boleh dijadikan amalan, hati kita akan bersih. Hati yang bersih menjamin keselamatan diri.
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Beliau juga ada menyarankan agar kita tingkatkan kualiti amalan kita dan bukan setakat mengejar kuantiti amalan. Sebagai contoh, dalam pembacaan AlQuran, kita bukan hanya mengejar untuk khatam membaca AlQuran (kuantiti) tetapi tekankan kefahaman dan amalan tentang apa yang dibaca. (kualiti)

Apa pun, aku azam agar Ramadhan kali ini akan memberi kesan positif dalam hidup aku. Aku harap Tuhan redhai aku. Maksud lagu yang terkandung dalam video dibawah ini benar-benar beri inspirasi pada aku agar usaha bina hidup yang fokus mencapai keredaan Tuhan terutama dalam bulan Ramadhan yang akan tiba ini. Mari kita hayati sama-sama. Moga kita semua mendapat menafaat darinya. Amin.



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Moga kita semua diampuni dan diberkati Tuhan dalam Ramadhan kali ini.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Beautiful Story

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A boy was born to a couple after eleven years of marriage. They were a loving couple and the boy was the gem of their eyes. When the boy was around two years old, one morning the husband saw a medicine bottle open. He was late for office so he asked his wife to cap the bottle and keep it in the cupboard. His wife, preoccupied in the kitchen totally forgot the matter.
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The boy saw the bottle and playfully went to the bottle fascinated by its color and drank it all. It happened to be a poisonous medicine meant for adults in small dosages. When the child collapsed the mother hurried him to the hospital, where he died. The mother was stunned. She was terrified how to face her husband.

When the distraught father came to the hospital and saw the dead child, he looked at his wife and uttered just five words.

The husband just said "I am with you Darling"

The husband's totally unexpected reaction is a proactive behavior. The child is dead. He can never be brought back to life. There is no point in finding fault with the mother. Besides, if only he had taken time to keep the bottle away, this wouldnot have happened. No one is to be blamed. She had also lost her only child. What she needed at that moment was consolation and sympathy from the husband. That is what he gave her.

If everyone can look at life with this kind of perspective, therewould be much fewer problems in the world." A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears. And you will find things are actually not as difficult as you think.
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MORAL OF THE STORY

Sometimes we spend time in asking who is responsible or whom to blame, whether in a relationship, in a job or with the people we know. By this way we miss out something.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Future 2.0

A video to ponder.

Hope it will instigate us to strive for a better future!


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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Penipuan Diri (Self Deception)

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Sedang aku berbual dengan sahabat aku, Azali dalam bilik beliau di pejabat SMOD, Transmission beberapa minggu lepas, aku terpandang satu buku bertajuk ‘Leadership and Self Deception’ di atas meja beliau. Lantas aku tanya pada beliau di mana beliau mendapat buku ini. Katanya buku itu diperolehi semasa menghadiri satu seminar di atas tajuk yang sama baru-baru ini.
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Buku ‘Leadership and Self Deception’ ini pernah aku baca kira 10 tahun lepas dan merupakan antara buku yang benar-benar beri kesan mendalam kepada cara pandang aku terhadap kehidupan. Jadi, aku tidak pelik mengapa sahabat aku ini begitu teruja dengan isi kandungan buku ini. Kami seolah-olah macam budak kecil yang baru mendapat ‘toys’ baru. Masing-masing teruja menceritakan pengalaman mengenai idea ‘Leadership and Self Deception’ ini.

Satu perkara yang amat menarik mengenai kandungan buku ini ialah bilamana ianya membicarakan mengenai bagaimanakah cara pandang kita terhadap orang lain. Adakah kita pandang orang lain sebagai satu objek atau sebagai seorang manusia? Apa maksud persoalan ini?
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Kita pandang manusia sebagai objek bilamana kita melihat kehadiran seseorang manusia di depan kita itu sebagai kenderaan (vehicle) untuk mencapai hajat kita atau sebagai halangan (blocker) untuk mencapai hajat kita atau hanya sebagai orang yang tidak memberi makna langsung kepada kita (irrelevant). Cuba semak diri kita samada kita melihat manusia sedemikian. Dalam banyak perkara, sedar tidak sedar itulah cara yang digunapakai oleh ramai dari kita.

Apa masalah dengan pandang orang lain sedemikian?

Bilamana kita pandang manusia sebegini, dengan mudah kita tidak menghargai nilai seorang manusia. Kita mula sanggup melakukan manusia tidak lain sebagai satu komiditi bagi mencapai hajat kita. Manusia pada mata kita tidak lebih sebagai barang. Kalau tidak masakan timbul pepatah Melayu yang berbunyi ’habis manis sepah dibuang’. Kita dapat lihat bermacam-macam kemungkaran dan kerosakan berlaku di atas muka bumi ini oleh tangan-tangan manusia yang bercara pandang sebegini. Fikirkan ...

Sudahnya bagaimana kita pandang orang lain sebagai manusia?
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Kita pandang manusia sebagai manusia apabila kita mula menyedari setiap manusia itu punya fikiran, perasaan dan suara hati tidak kira samada beliau berpangkat atau sebaliknya, kaya atau sebaliknya atau apa saja latarbelakang mereka itu. Masing-masing dari kita ini unik dan punya kelebihan dan kekurangan yang tersendiri. Sebenarnya kenyataan ini lebih mudah difahami jika kita memahami konsep 'stick person' seperti mana diterangkan dalam setiap modul PPB3K itu.

Apa faedah dengan pandang orang lain sedemikian?

Bilamana kita pandang manusia sebegini, dengan mudah kita menghargai nilai seorang manusia. Kita mula mahu menghargai buah fikiran, perasaan dan suara hati mereka. Dalam bahasa mudah kita mula menjadi seorang pendengar yang baik. Akibatnya? Aman dunia ini! Nilai kemanusiaan akan mula mempengaruhi perjalanan dunia ini dan diizinkan Tuhan, tiada akan berlaku sebarang kemungkaran dan kerosakan sebagaimana yang kita lihat sekarang ini. Fikirkan ...

Samada kita bercara pandang ’manusia sebagai objek’ atau ’manusia sebagai manusia’ itu sebenarnya dengan mudah diketahui orang. Kita mungkin tidak sedar kita bercara pandang salah satu daripada cara pandang ini tetapi orang lain dengan mudah menyaksikan cara pandang kita berdasarkan kepada tabiat seharian kita. Kita tidak nampak tabiat kita. Fikirkan ...
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Maklumat lanjut mengenai ’Self Deception’ ini ada saya sampaikan dalam modul ’The Box (Self Deception)’, satu-satunya modul saya dalam Bahasa Inggeris. Cubalah!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Kehebatan Doa

Kali pertama bumi diciptakan, bumi selalu bergoyang, bergoncang dan tidak berputar dengan stabil malah tidak berputar pada paksinya. Pekara ini merungsingkan para malaikat lalu para malaikat menghadap Allah SWT;

"Wahai Rabb Yang Maha Mengetahui, mengapa bumi ini bergoyang?" Tanya para malaikat.

"Kerana belum dipaku." Jawab Allah singkat.

"Lalu, bagaimana Engkau memaku bumi Wahai Rabb?" Tanya malaikat lagi.



"Aku akan menciptakan gunung-ganang." Jawab Allah.

Setelah itu, Allah terus menciptakan gunung-ganang di berbagai belahan bumi. Apa yang terjadi adalah sememangnya benar setelah diciptakannya gunung-ganang, bumi pun diam kemudian berputar sesuai paksinya. Maka kemudian gunung dikenali sebagai paku bumi yag diciptakan Allah SWT. Paku merupakan benda keras yang terbuat dari besi. Setelah Allah menciptakan paku bumi iaitu gunung-ganang, kemudian para malaikat pun bertanya lagi;

"Ya Rabb, adakah yang lebih kuat dari paku?"

"Ada!" Jawab Allah. "Iaitu api, yang dengan panasnya dapat melelehkan besi."

"Adakah yang lebih kuat lagi selain api, Ya Rabb?" Tanya malaikat.

"Ada! Yakni air yang dapat memadamkan api." Jawab Allah lagi.

"Jadi Ya Rabb, adakah yang lebih kuat dari air?" Sambung malaikat.

"Ada! Iaitu angin, yang kerananya dapat membawa air ke mana pun ia berhembus." Jawab Allah lagi.

"Tapi Ya Rabb, adakah yang lebih kuat daripada semua itu (gunung, api, air dan angin)?" Malaikat bertanya lagi.

"Ada! Iaitu nafas hamba-Ku yang berdoa kepada-Ku. Kerana sesungguhnya doa itu mampu mengubah takdir-Ku." Demikian Allah SWT menjelaskan..

(Sumber: Hadis Kudsi).



Pelajaran dari cerita di atas: Gunakan kehebatan doa untuk ubah nasib kita!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Don't Waste!

Germany is a highly industrialized country. It produces top brands like Benz, BMW, and Siemens etc. The nuclear reactor pump is made in a small town in this country. In such a country, many think, its people lead a luxurious life. At least that was my impression before my business trip.
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When I arrived at Hamburg, my colleagues who work in Hamburg arranged a welcome party for me in a restaurant. As we walked into the restaurant, we noticed that a lot of tables were empty. There was a table where a young couple was having their meal. There were only two dishes and two cans of Coke on the table. I wondered if such simple meal could be romantic, and whether the girl will leave this stingy guy.

There were a few old ladies on another table. When a dish is served, the waiter would distribute the food for them, and they would finish every bit of the food on their plates. We did not pay much attention to them, as we were looking forward to the dishes we ordered. As we were hungry, our local colleague ordered more food for us. As the restaurant was quiet, the food came quite fast. Since there were other activities arranged for us, we did not spend much time dining. When we left, there was still about one third of unconsumed food on the table.

When we were leaving the restaurant, we heard someone calling us. We noticed the old ladies in the restaurant were talking about us to the restaurant owner. When they spoke to us in English, we understood that they were unhappy about us wasting so much food. We immediately felt that they were really being too busybody. "We paid for our food, it is none of your business how much food we left behind," my colleague Steven told the old ladies.
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The old ladies were furious. One of them immediately took her hand phone out and made a call to someone. After a while, a man in uniform claimed to be an officer from the Social Security organization arrived. Upon knowing what the dispute was, he issued us a 50 Mark fine. We all kept quiet. The local colleague took out a 50 Mark note and repeatedly apologized to the officer.

The officer told us in a stern voice, "ORDER WHAT YOU CAN CONSUME, MONEY IS YOURS BUT RESOURCES BELONG TO THE SOCIETY. THERE ARE MANY OTHERS IN THE WORLD WHO ARE FACING SHORTAGE OF RESOURCES. YOU HAVE NO REASON TO WASTE RESOURCES. Our face turned red. We all agreed with him in our hearts. The mindset of people of this rich country put all of us to shame. WE REALLY NEED TO REFLECT ON THIS. We are from country which is not very rich in resources. To save face, we order large quantity and also waste food when we give others a treat.
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THIS LESSON TAUGHT US A LESSON TO THINK SERIOUSLY ABOUT CHANGING OUR BAD HABITS.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Dream Maker


A dream maker is someone who commits himself or herself to attain his or her goal. A friend shared with me traits of a dream maker. He said, a dream maker always entertains his/her goal by asking these following questions towards his/her goal;

Why?
Why this particular goal is good?

Why Not?
If the goal is so good, why not anybody act on the idea?

Why Not Me?
Well, if the goal is so good for anybody, why not me act on the idea?

Why Not Now?
When should I act on the goal if not now?

These questions help you to be in offensive mode towards your goal. These questions help you to stay away from comfort zone which in many ways slow down your efforts to attain your goal. Post these questions to yourself if possible everyday. It will rejuvenate you. It will energize you. Try it. You will never regret.
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I have a good friend. Whenever we met, we talk about our goals. We shared our challenges in our journey to attain our respective goals. I enjoy those moments. In our last ‘teh tarik’ session, we have a simple celebration because he just achieved one of his goals. We have a good time. Now we make new plan on how to collaborate to attain our goals. We share our similarities and we celebrate our differences. How nice, you agree?

Opposite to a dream maker is what we call a dream taker. In any moment, a dream taker will try his/her best to ridicule your intentions to achieve your goal. They keep remind you of all the intellectual rationalize why those goal are no good for you. Mind you, definition of rationalize is nothing more than ‘ration a lie’ to your mind. It is really toxic. Try your best to stay away from all forms of a dream taker.

Life is a journey. Life is an adventure. We always hear these statements. These statements will only make sense when and only when a particular life has a goal attached to it. Life without goal is as if you are going in circle in life. Life with goal is as if you are able to release the shackles of life and move on towards your freedom.
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Optimize your life by fully utilizing your self. It can be easily utilize if we have goal in life. Be a dream maker not a dream taker. Choice is yours.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Give

Narayanan Krishnan was a bright, young, award-winning chef with a five-star hotel group, short-listed for an elite job in Switzerland. But a quick family visit home before heading to Europe changed everything.

"I saw a very old man eating his own human waste for food," Krishnan said. "It really hurt me so much. I was literally shocked for a second. After that, I started feeding that man and decided this is what I should do the rest of my lifetime."

Krishnan was visiting a friend in the south Indian city of Madurai in 2002 when he saw the man under a bridge. Haunted by the image, Krishnan quit his job within the week and returned home for good, convinced of his new destiny.

"That spark and that inspiration is a driving force still inside me as a flame ─ to serve all the mentally ill destitute and people who cannot take care of themselves," Krishnan said.
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Krishnan founded his nonprofit Akshaya Trust in 2003. Now 29, he has served more than 1.2 million meals ─ breakfast, lunch and dinner ─ to India's homeless and destitute, mostly elderly people abandoned by their families and often abused.

"Because of the poverty India faces, so many mentally ill people have been left uncared for on the roadside of the city," he said. Krishnan said the name Akshaya is Sanskrit for "undecaying" or "imperishable", and was chosen "to signify that human compassion should never decay or perish. The spirit of helping others must prevail for ever."

Krishnan's day begins at 4 a.m. He and his team cover nearly 125 miles in a donated van, routinely working in temperatures topping 100oFahrenheit. He seeks out the homeless under bridges and in the nooks and crannies between the city's buildings. The hot meals he delivers are simple, tasty vegetarian fare he personally prepares, packs and often hand-feeds to nearly 400 clients each day.

Krishnan carries a comb, scissors and razor and is trained in eight haircut styles that, along with a fresh shave, provide extra dignity to those he serves. He says many of the homeless seldom know their names or origins, and none has the capacity to beg, ask for help or offer thanks. They may be paranoid and hostile because of their conditions, but Krishnan says this only steadies his resolve to offer help.
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"The panic, suffering of the human hunger is the driving force of me and my team members of Akshaya," he said. "I get this energy from the people. The food which I cook ... the enjoyment which they get is the energy. I see the soul. I want to save my people."

The group's operations cost about $327 a day, but sponsored donations only cover 22 days a month. Krishnan subsidizes the shortfall with $88 he receives in monthly rent from a home his grandfather gave him. Krishnan sleeps in Akshaya's modest kitchen with his few co-workers. Since investing his entire savings of $2,500 in 2002, he has taken no salary and subsists with the help of his once-unsupportive parents.

"They had a lot of pain because they had spent a lot on my education," he said. "I asked my mother, 'Please come with me and see what I am doing.” After coming back home, my mother said, ‘You feed all those people, the rest of the lifetime I am there, I will feed you.' I'm living for Akshaya. My parents are taking care of me."

For lack of funding, the organization has been forced to halt construction on Akshaya Home, Krishnan's vision of a dormitory where he can provide shelter for the people he helps. Despite the demands and few comforts his lifestyle affords, Krishnan says he's enjoying his life. "Now I am feeling so comfortable and so happy," he says. "I have a passion, I enjoy my work. I want to live with my people."
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When asked about his purpose of life. He simply said that his reason for life is to give. And he found joy in giving. I remembered, the more you give, the more you get. What a wonderful reason to exist, right?