Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Midnight Thought - The Perfect Label

Inspired by the words of Amartya Sen in his book Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny, he described himself as an Asian, an Indian citizen, a Bengali with Bangladeshi ancestry, an American or British resident, an economist, a dabbler in philosophy, an author, a Sanskritist, a strong believer in secularism and democracy, a man, a feminist, a heterosexual, a defender of gay and lesbian rights, a Hindu with a nonreligious lifestyle, a non-Brahmin, and a nonbeliever in an afterlife. Sen (73) is a Nobel Prize winner in economics. He is a global man and his works has inspired many people in this world.

There are million people who get trapped in a small corner of their potential life, and live their life without doing something really meaningful even for their personal life. How far can we go with our life? What is the limit? Where is the border line?

When I reach 60 or 70, what would be the perfect labels to describe me? At this point of time, I only have few labels that I know for sure will remain the same until I die: an Asian, an Indonesian citizen, an Indonesian with Batak ancestry, a Jesus follower, a Christian, a man, a heterosexual.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Globally Local - Locally Global

A few weeks ago, I wrote a comment in one of Indonesian blog about posting article in English and Bahasa. He wrote that writing in Bahasa is much easier but he wants to reach more readers for particular stories. So I commented to try writing in both languages. Bahasa for something that simple, merely Indonesian and too local. At the end I said be globally local and locally global. GLLG is a common term in internet and portal world. This four words actually represent a global vision, bringing something global to local people and bringing something local to global people.

Think about McDonald and Kentucky Fried Chicken, is it a GL or LG? In my case, GLLG!
When I am in Jakarta, it is GL and it is LG when I am in Tokyo. I guess I am hungry! Anyone wants to eat?

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Midnight Thought - Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

It's past midnight already. Here I am facing my notebook and dancing with my imagination. Again, it is all about great accomplishment and great achievement. I guess, these words what bring me to Tokyo for the second time after three years back home in working life.

It was a great working life, dealing with strategic things, setting up companies, executing successful acquisition projects. It was fun and unforgettable!. But the thing is it wasn't the ultimate goal that I set when I got scholarship in 1999. It was just part of the qualifying game, just another one step before I really start the real journey - a journey that according to God's plan. The only key to start it is to finish this project. Only few months to go and I will get it.

God uses unlikely people for His purpose.
How is God pushing you to use your talents for Him? Will you do it?

God often uses difficult circumstances to accomplish His will.
What difficult circumstances do you face? Will you trust God to fulfill His purpose through these circumstances?

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Good Bye Pavarotti....

You are a true legend
You are one of my hero
May you rest in peace....

It's A Man's Man's Man's World