What If You Are Wrong

What if you are wrong?
What if we are wrong?

What if everything that we have come to known, everything that we have done are completely wrong all along?

Therein lies one of the biggest reasons that people hardly ever change.

Yet, therein lies the key to real change.
Therein also lies one of the key to spiritual growth — that everything we think we know as truth is not so.

Can you accept?

Knowing that you are wrong.
Knowing that you don’t know.
Could be the biggest hurdle for the change you need.

Knowing that you are wrong.
Knowing that you don’t know.
Is a wonderful first step to a new beginning.

Originally posted 2009-09-13 22:14:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Before and After that BP Oil Spill Reveals

First of all, I don’t think we should still use the word “leak” for this BP… event. Nor the word “spill” would be appropriate nor sufficient, seeing that oil is GUSHING out at an incredible rate undersea. I thought about “oil stampede” but a friend suggested “oil rush” which sound quite a bit more catchy.

I had said before that when I read current events that I do not focus so much on the specifics of THE event where instead, my desire is to observe the underlying trend of the present time. Here I share the observed trends in the before and aftermath that are common in our culture and society now revealed in the BP “oil rush”.

Trend in the Before — Rushing to “the End”

Beyond all the investigation and quips and quibbles coming out of people’s mouth, the bottom line is so clear that these executives and businessmen have their eyes only on the money at the end. Thus, I shall say with almost 100% certaintay that — they had rushed the construction and drilling of at the oil rig, where processes and workers efforts are rushed and skipped to finish NOW to get the rig drilling.

A rushing mentality can only mean that things are never done right. If I am to build an oil rig like that with such potential disaster, I’d be damn sure to have 5, 10 safety locks and backups to prevent disasters, if not 50. These BP guys put ONE safety mechanism in, and it does not even work. That speaks a lot by itself. Yeah yeah?

And they rush for what? Profit of course. And indeed, they are not alone. This rushing mentality to get things done NOW (for the sake of profits) is pervasive even in all other fields, software, financial, manufacturing, etc. No, and indeed no, no one strives for quality, and so no one seems to do things right (without unintended consequence because intention is off from the very beginning!).

And Of course, we are on a quest to destroy the distance and continuance of time and space in order to instantly satisfy ourselves of all desires… but most the time, for sake of money :)

Trend in the After — Inability to Take Responsibility

Nope, I do not mean this in the sense that someone needs to come out and accept the consequence for this “oil rush”, though it would be nice.

I mean taking responsibility in that we humans all involved have yet collectively come together to do everything, and I mean EVERYTHING to stop further damage to natural habitats from day one. BP what with all their effort labeled with dumb names — top hat, hot tap, top kill, junk shot, etc. — and even dumber results, and also the government is taking their good time. Further, these people seem to spend more time shedding blame and pointing fingers and calculating economic damage than REALLY getting this whole thing fixed.

And so this is the age we have come to. An age where monetary growth trumps all. An age where humans bathe in the glamor and glory of technology. As if gold plated, but only to be slowly rotting from the inside out. I would like to coin the term the Golden Dark Age.

After all, there is one more trend, and that comes from the echo that claims we need to have more regulations for deep sea drilling, and all other things including regulations on the financial industry.

Such naivete for us to have such trust in laws and having more of them. I shall elaborate next time.

Originally posted 2010-06-14 22:39:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Find Out Why, Realize Your Motivation and Desire

With all the talks about personal improvement and taking control of personal finance, one may wonder how on earth can we consistently stay disciplined and not to be distracted by seeking momentary pleasure and a hedonistic lifestyle. Or just take some other easy way out. To which, I quote and I believe…

When there is a will, there is a way.

This applies to all scenarios in life. Sometimes you face problems in life. Sometimes you want to get rid of a bad habit. Sometimes you have a dream yet accomplished. Sometimes you have a hobby you want to pick up. When you encounter all these scenarios, and you frequently would think, “How should I go about this?” But you also frequently skip a most important initial step.

Find Out Why, Realize the Motivation, Dig Up Your Desire

People often start themselves off in the wrong foot by losing focus and asking the wrong questions. It is not really about how, fundamentally. It is about why. You need to ask yourself why you want to do that certain things first. You NEED to clarify to ourselves the reasons behind the action. You need to find that flaming desire inside, light it up, and pour gasoline on it, by crystalizing the why. ONCE you are able to grasp the why, the how will come more naturally because you will keep trying and you can follow through with much less difficult because there is a driving force behind the action.

You must think clearly about and define the “why” because sometimes you think you know but the idea is only vague in you mind and not certain, if you don’t spend time trying to grasp it. When you know precisely why, you become more passionate, energized, driven, and willing to understand and follow through with the how. If the why does not exist or is not a crystalized thought, it is likely you will not be able to finish what you are trying to do.

Like I said, this applies to all aspects in life. Some examples…

  • Want to get rid of bad habit? Find out why. (ex. mal-effect on health, dislike by closed-ones…)
  • Want to have your finance under control or save money? Find out why. (ex. retiring early and luxuriously, buying a house…)
  • Want to learn something? Find out why. (ex. current job sucks and must have a career change, or just want to feel better about myself! etc.)

I think you know what I am trying to get at by now. It is the main step in the process to make up your mind and commit to do something 100%. So next time you are trying to decide if you want to do something or you face a delimma. Ask yourself why and find that desire inside yourself first. If you can’t, then maybe you should not be doing it. If you can, the how gets a lot easier knowing why.

Originally posted 2007-03-20 22:37:08. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Money Solves All Money Problem

Sitting down with a few friends at dinner and lamenting about money, and many things that we can do if we have more money.

Is money so important? The answer is yes, given our context. Money is so important due to the importance our society places on it. You can say money doesn’t exist. But money exist in the context of our society and civilization, especially how much power it grants you these days. Despite originally created as bartering tool… it has become a very very powerful tool that we can have.

Life’s all about money! (not)

Of course, with all guys at the table, we did say how it’ll help us get girls! lol

Despite poor getting poorer and rich getting richer and supposed “class warfare,” the only attitude to money I can see is for us to accept it for what is and understand how it is a useful resources in our society.

Don’t hate it, and definitely don’t hate people because they are rich.. I say, be precise! Dislike them for their characters if you really want to dislike them :)

Realize yet, money doesn’t solve all problem.

Money solves all money problems… and many problems involve money in our life

Never say money is not important, which I don’t anyone can say unless they “quit” living in civilization. I want to manage it now, save/invest diligently now because I don’t want money to be the primary issue in making the many decisions in life.

Moreover in terms of marriage, it seems to always be the last straw that breaks the relationship apart. Not having money in a marriage is like not having the number 2 pencil when you need to take a written exam. The pencil won’t help you to ace it but without the pencil, it doesn’t matter how smart you are or how well you know the materials! Marriage is like so.

Money is a resource to be utilized to solve our money problem so we can enjoy life and give our best to improving all the other (more important) aspects in life.

At least, this is how I see it.

Originally posted 2012-11-13 00:14:14. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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