Saturday, November 27, 2004

Oh My Watch...Thank You!

A few days ago I went to buy a pack of chewing gum at Watson. While queuing to pay at the cashier, I saw a ladies watch lying on top of some chocolate display. At first I hesitated to ask the lady queuing in front of me whether it was her watch because I thought someone else could do it, it was not my concern, it was probably not hers anyway, etc.

Then I remembered a story about
about four people: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it but Nobody did it.

So finally I asked the lady in front whether it was her watch. When she saw it, "Oh my watch...Thank you! Thank you!" Her face changed and lit up...she looked surprised and glad. She was surprised how the watch could have fallen without her realising it. Then she was very thankful that she got her watch back because even though the watch was not so expensive, it had so much sentimental value for her. She was thanking me for finding her watch and asking her.

When I saw her face lit up, I was also very happy. I am happy because I made a decision to care and pulled my courage to ask her.

1. Take the opportunity to help other people
2. Make a decision to care for others
3. Start with yourself to do good
4. Do the right things in this kind of situation. It means not keeping the watch for yourself :)
5. You become happy when you make other people happy

Learn and Grow!

Sunday, November 21, 2004

A trip to China?

Last week my father asked me to go with him to China. We will go on a tour with some friends and business collegues. At first, I really didn't want to go because I've had so many things in my mind. In addition, I already have appointments on the days we are supposed to go and I don't want to cancel them. My father convinced me to go because this trip would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I surely should not miss it! Finally I decided that I'd go on this trip.

Would this be really a great opportunity for me? I certainly hope so.
My father usually has a good intuition about where things are going...I hope he is going to be right again this time.

I will write my experience after the trip and I will share what I learn with all of you.

Take charge everybody!

Friday, November 19, 2004

My Document....Gone??!

This afternoon I tried my recently-installed Mozilla Firefox. I was prompted with user profile and I created a new profile called Renee. Then I found out that all my bookmarks were not imported to the new profile, so I decided to use the default profile and delete the Renee profile. When I was prompted to delete files, I just quickly clicked YES. Unfortunately, it also deleted files in My Document. When I realised what was happening, it was too late. I already lost most of my files.

I was shocked to see those files gone. I tried searching in my recycled bin...not there! Protected file...not there! Unerase, recover, restore...couldn't do it either! Finally I had to accept that those files are truly gone.

There is only one thing that I can do now...restoring my back-up files. Fortunately I recently back up my important files and documents. Last Monday I backed-up my Library, my Picture and Downloaded programs because I wanted to give those to my friend. My work file is mostly recoverable because it's holiday this week. My other files can also be restored from my monthly back-up files.

There is one thing that I must be really grateful. This morning I spent 4 hours writing an article. At first I didn't want to send it by email because today was holiday, but somehow something was nagging me inside so I decided to send that article to my collegue. I was so relieved that I sent it because otherwise my four-hour effort would be in vain.

I lost all my music files because I never back-up them because of the huge folder's size. I only organised those files it's all gone. I must rip them one-by-one again.

At least my situation is better than my friend's. One day she lost all of her files because her hard disk was corrupted due to hardware problem and must be formatted. I think what she regretted most is losing her photo collections. Anyway she learns her lesson and now backs up her files weekly :)

1. Always BACK-UP your important files and documents regularly. You will never regret spending time doing it.
2. Read carefully before you click anything.
3. Listen to your inner voice, it may save you later.
4. You never realise how important things can be until you lose them.

Learn and Grow!

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Are you trying to please everybody?

I've known some close friends who often tries to please everybody. At the end they are the ones who seem to lose the most.

Trying to please everybody is a recipe for disaster.

You can try really hard to please everybody, but at the end you'll just feel miserable, trapped and squeezed in the middle. Nobody can ever please everybody! No matter how good you are, there will be those who disagree, disapprove, criticize, reject or simply don't like you.

The other day, a friend of mine said: "If everybody likes you or everybody hates you, there must be something wrong with you and you may need to worry about that. If most people like you, then it is good enough."

1. Trying to please everybody is futile.
2. Accept the fact that there will be people who disagree, criticize and reject you
3. The most important thing is whether you can live with yourself knowing that you've lived according to timeless values and principles


In the last few weeks, there were so many things that have happened in my life. Today I would like to talk about misunderstanding.

Sometimes other people misunderstood you because they simply do not know what you know.

Isn't it like our relationship with God? God knows everything while we don't. When things happen in our lives, we got hurt...sometimes we get angry and wonder why God let bad things happen in our lives. At that moment we may not know why it happens, but in the end we will realise and understand that it happens for our own good.

1. Sometimes it is OK to be misunderstood
2. Other people may blame you, look down on you, angry with you, have bad opinions about you...but remember to hold your head high as long as you can face yourself squarely in the mirror that you've done and given your best.
3. Everything happens for a reason...and if you learn something out of it, it is good for you.