Monday, November 21, 2005

We Take More Than We Give

I recently stumbled into Rustle the Leaf Environmental Comic. I think it is an interesting and fun way to educate people about the importance of saving our environment. We take so much from the Earth and what do we give back? Sadly we often give back rubbish, pollution, and other harmful things to the environment. I believe if each one of us can contribute a little to take simple steps to save our environment, it will make a big difference.

Remember these three simple steps to help saving our environment:

Learn and Grow!
Inge Santoso

Monday, November 14, 2005

A Fly Story

A Fly in the Sky

This is one of the most interesting photos I took during my stay in Tawangmangu last weekend. This picture reminds me of a story I often tell in my Comfort Zone Seminar. It's a story about a fly that could see the vast sky but it couldn't fly there because it was confined by a glass window. The fly kept trying to fly through the glass but ended dying there because it never realized that there was a glass between where the fly was and where it wanted to go.

Sometimes the same thing happens to people. We may be able to see the opportunities out there, yet we are unable to get them. We often wonder why we are stuck in a rut despite our hard work. The key is to realize and be aware of the 'unseen glass', our comfort zone, that keeps us confined. We are frequently held back by our fear, guilt, anger, hurt, and negative beliefs that act as the boundary of our comfort zone. It's only after we break through these negative beliefs and feelings that we can expand our comfort zone and achieve the results we want.

What are the things that hold you back from attaining what you want?
Reach deep within yourself and find the real reason. Remember to be true to yourself and let the truth sets you free.

Learn and Grow!

Inge Santoso

Saturday, November 05, 2005

A Journey to the Summit

The view from a plane's window during my last trip

I've been looking at my recent photo collection when this photo gave me an inspiration about a goal and the journey towards it.

Let's say that your goal is the mountain. It is far from where you are now and it will take time for you to get there. When you have a big vision, remember to keep your eyes on it and start to chart the terrain and plot your course towards it.

You may notice that the terrain is clearer and better charted within a short distance, but the further you see, the landscape is covered with fog. It means that sometimes you may be afraid of the unknown, of what lies beyond the fog, that it paralyses you and refrains you from taking short-term actions. It is natural that you may feel this way, but you need to face the fear and simply take the steps to move forward. You'll see much better once you are closer.

Sometimes the straight line from where you are now to your goal is not the easiest nor the fastest way. You must prepare yourself to navigate the terrains with its ups and downs, its twists and turns. Be flexible and adapt quickly to the situation.

Remember to keep your eyes on the mountain, focus on your goal along the journey so that you won't get lost. You'll get there sooner or later. Never give up! The journey may be the hardest when you are climbing the mountain. Don't quit until you reach the peak of the mountain!

When you arrive on the summit and see the breathtaking view, you'll simply forget about your tiredness, your mental and emotional exhaustion. You'll feel glad, excited, and fantastic. You'll be grateful and appreciative of what you have become because of the journey.

At the end, what really matters is not the goal nor the achievement, but it is discovering who you really are and what you are capable of.

Finally, I'd like to invite you to set your goal, start your journey, see the view from the summit and discover your true potential!

Learn and Grow!

Inge Santoso

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Warning: Disgusting Intestinal Worm

Warning: Please do not read this post any further if you can't stand disgusting things

Since I live in a country which is considered to be high population density with low sanitation, I am recommended to have a bi-annual treatment, so two days ago I took Combantrin. Combantrin is said to be effective against threadworm, roundworm and hookworm. It contains pyrantel embonate that works as a "neuro-muscular blocking agent" - effectively paralysing worms. When worms are unable to move, they are passed out in the faeces.

Yesterday morning, I saw one pink roundworm as thick as LAN cable, about 25cm long being passed out in a stool. Here is an illustration of a roundworm:

It was a shockingly disgusting sight. I still haven't been able to get the picture out of my mind. The more I search about roundworm on the internet, the scarier it becomes. It's said that up to approximately one hundred roundworms can infect a single human host! One is scary enough, imagine 100. Eugh!

According to WHO, about 25% of the world's population are infected with roundworm...that's one in four people. The question is: have you taken steps to ensure that you are free of intestinal parasites?

Learn and Grow!