What is time to me?

well 1stly kta kena redha bahawa masa itu tidak akan menunggu sesiapa (demi masa manusia sentiasa dalam kerugian kecuali mereka yg…) 2ndly kita juga kena redha bahawasanya semua org diberikan masa yg sama, tidak lebih tidal kurang
once we are clear about this we then look at time itself
if time doesn’t wait for me; therefore, how can i actually manage time since I have no control over it. I can only manage something i can control right?

therefore, the first conclusion is: i can’t manage time. It is not time that I manage, it is the task that I manage. 1st context work. I don’t manage time, i manage task
manage self with time or through time?
of course through time
so the fact that u say u kurang masa means you live in the context of I manage time
which to me is a ‘false’ context since i can’t manage time
therefore there is no such thing as kurang masa. it is just me yg tai pandai uruskan my actions

that comes to the 2nd context of time which is we are all given the same time. since it is an equal commodity, it is really up to me to utilize it. It is not about looking for more time because there is none to look for more. Therefore if there is no more extra time to look for to fill my so called “kurang masa” where can I have “more time”? By being effective with the time given to me. Therefore, more time is not an outside endeavor but an inside one i.e. my attitude about my time.

Pintu Rezeki Terbuka Waktu Pagi

Pintu is a gateway, a start, an opening. So when it is said to be pintu, I think what it really means is that how we are in the morning will determine our rezeki for that day. If we enter the day with positiveness, rezeki will be positive. If we enter the day with negativity, our rezeki will be negative; either way it is still our rezeki.

I have had this conversation before with my eldest son Haikal. He use to wake up grumpy and I said to him, if you wake up smiling and happy, the day will turn out smiley and happy. Just like young kids; waking up full of energy and see how their day always is, full of play and happiness. My 2 cents worth this morning.

Words have Power … of Riel & Dollar

I just returned from my annual overseas holiday trip with my sons. This time around we choose Siem Reap, Cambodia as our destination.

Cambodia’s official name is the Kingdom of Cambodia. The word Kingdom bring with it an context. Upon hearing it, our imagination drifts to a nation full of heritage, old and cultural. This context is true for this beautiful country. It is an old kingdom; in fact the oldest in South East Asia.

An ancient kingdom that can be proud of its role and heritage as being the centre of civilization in Asia. Their oldest temple dates back to even before the 1st century. As my guide says, Cambodia is an old country but a new democracy. Experiencing Angkor Wat will leave you in awe of its greatness. It borders to being miraculous how an ancient people have the vision and industry to build such a magnificent wonder; with each element well thought off not only technologically but culturally. Everything has its meaning; why the stone is laid this way and not that way, the orientation of the building, the number of corners etc.

This young country wants to stand on their own. Economically it is a viable country; natural resources aplenty. Foreign currency flows like water into this country via its tourism. Angkor Wat itself brings in 2 million visitors. If one visitor spend US$100, that is already US$200 million just from Angkor Wat alone!

However, I stand but to wonder will this young nation truly be able to claim their own economic sovereignty if it continues to be ashamed of the very basic/fundamentals of all financial instrument; their own currency; the Riel?

Everywhere I go in Siem Reap the standard initial quote is in US$; the menu, the hotel rate, their salary even to the tit bits sold at the cultural centre is quoted in US$.

Yes some might say there is no big deal in this. Money is money. However, if you ask around why they quote in US$ you will find that the prevailing answer is that US$ is more stable! This answer is a revelation of how they see their own currency thus their own economy. If their level of confidence is such about the stability of their own currency, what is the hope for their confidence in their own economy?

This has nothing to do with the US$. It all has to do with the mentality i.e. belief the Cambodian people have about their Riel.

Words the we choose describes more about us than it describes the subject we are talking about. The words we use is the direct result of our belief system which is a product of our historical discourse. The words we use also shapes not only our reality but also of those around us.

I can’t help but to wonder if the key to Cambodia’s economic transformation isn’t in the development of their economy but in the very simple fact of using Riel in their daily activity instead of US$.

Disrespectfulness of Answers

In my Newfield Coaching journey, I was introduced to the friends and barriers to learning. This is one of the many wonderful discoveries I found in this very unique journey of mine. Out of the many barriers to learning, one of the most intriguing for me was “Addiction to answers”.

I use to live a life of wanting answers to everything to a point of frustration. I kid myself that it is what learning is all about… having the answers. It is an obsession of wanting to be in control because if I know the answer, I can then manipulate the outcome. So did I learn anything actually? Yes I do. I learn to manipulate but I lost the wisdom of the answer along the journey since I am hell bent on control.

I now realize that the learning and understanding (wisdom) is not in the answer itself but in looking for the answer. It is not even important what the answer is. You can even abandon the answer or pray you never get the answer so that you can continue to learn and gain insights and wisdom.

I also have concluded in my journey so far that not everything has an answer and not everything needs an answer. Sometimes in order for us to understand it, not getting the answer is just what is needed
and some things are best left without an answer and some things are best honored by just appreciating it as it is without needing to look for the answer; like a mother’s love.

I surely don’t need to know the answer why my mum loves me. It is enough for me to experience her love. No answer is needed. Anyways if i understand the answer why she loves me, what difference would that make? Would my love for her be more? I don’t think so. Would her love for me be more just because I know the answer? I don’t think so. Therefore, in this case I don’t need to know the answer to understand why my mum loves me. Actually, in wanting an answer is in fact disrespectful. Me asking why my mum loves me and seeking for an answer is disrespectful of the person that loves you; my mum.

I also realized that once I was able to get the answer, my pleasure and passion is gone. So in actual fact, the pleasure is not in the win. It is in the play. Once you win, there is no play, no passion since you are already in an ability mood. The game ceases to make you wonder and learn. That is the price for getting the answer… losing pleasure and passion.

There are many life wonders that does not need me to know the answer to see its wisdom and appreciating it. There is beauty in allowing nature and life to do its magic and wonder without us needing to manipulate it.

I truly believe knowledge and wisdom is two different things. I much prefer wisdom.

Blessings are Everywhere… if you look for it.

Yesterday was a fabulous journey for me. I should have guess that much since my day started by witnessing the biggest most beautiful rainbow in my life overhead the training venue.

It is amazing how I was blessed yesterday from sources previously I wasn’t even aware of.

The first blessing was the rainbow. It lit up my morning and subsequently my day.

Then the participants got me connected again to the fact that being a trainer is not only about creating value for others in front of the room but also equally important are those moments when I am in the midst of the participants probing, teasing, challenging, interacting, joking and listening. These small seemingly insignificant actions made huge impact to these individuals and in return made huge impact on the training and me.

My blessings continued with the visit of a friend that has been very supportive of my training journey. She was her normal reassuring self.

And than there were my associates who were exceptionally on fire as well as my partner and co-trainer.

That was only up to lunch. There were many more blessing through out the day up till I fell asleep tired and contented at 10.30pm; to a sound restful sleep.

Note to self: Juara, open your eyes and begin to see your blessings… they are everywhere.

The Power of Naps: Tools don’t Count, Intention does

I get my best inspirations at two moments of my life; in the WC and waking up from sleep. It is true what John Steinbeck says; “It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.” So much so that I take a nap whenever there is a difficult issue to solve, a spark of creativity is needed or I am stuck in my design work.

I don’t pretend to understand it or would want to. One thing is certain it works. Not everything that works need to be investigated and be known. It doesn’t have to make sense. It just is. We are blessed with such matters therefore we should just grace it by not trying to figure it out.

Therefore, I woke up this morning blessed to realize something; It is not the tool that counts, it is the intention behind the use that matters. This came when i woke up this morning and it dawned on me that I can use this blogging to complete my books! So the intention behind blogging now allows me to realize my dream. The tools have always been there but my intention has not materialized until now.

The other thing I also realized was that excitement was an important key to unlocking this intention. It was my excitement in having a new ‘toy’ that opened me up to receive such an idea.

In conclusion, I would like to commit today, the 19th of October 2011, at 8.18am, that I will write everyday and continue writing until I have enough materials to complete my book. Amin.

Serious Lightness in Investigating

My nerd-iness has kicked in… again! Today marks my first day seriously blogging. Guess what? I bought a WordPress for Dummies; All-in-One. This happens often to me. I will start something new and I will get a book for it to assist me. I guess my come from is to not only a user but being competent at what I do. Mastery in the subject matter is not my aim. So I notice this and I am asking myself “Why won’t I want to be a master at it?” The only answer that come to mind right now is that “It will take too long!” Hmmmm. Something I need to investigate.

Note to self: Investigate with serious lightness