On Temptation, The Imitation of Christ

After I got my kindle, I downloaded great ebooks from http://www.gutenberg.org/ especially on the writing of saints. There is one book recommended by my roommate, the Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. It is a book that I was recommended by many other friends before. I almost bought it when I browse through it at the St Peter and Paul church book store. I think it is really God’s plan that is tailored so well that I didn’t really interested of this great book last time. Because, it makes more sense to me when I read it now. Last time I was not depressed like now, I didn’t ask the question on suffering, life, meaning of life, purpose of life, etc.
I would like to share one of the chapter from this book. It gives me a clue on my question about suffering, pain, and temptation.

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Wealth and Prosperity

Money

Happy chinese new year!! Gong xi fa cai!

As we celebrate and wish for a more prosperous Tiger year. I think it is good to ponder about prosperity. This weekend, I read few books and articles about wealth.

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A way of Improving the Quality of Work

On this post I would like to reflect my reading on StrengthsFinder 2.0 , Now, Discover Your Strengths, in the light of my previous post of Laborem Exercens.

Work

Recalling about the meaning of Work,

The meaning of work is described an activity that only man is capable of doing because of man’s very nature, created in the likeness of the Creator.

The fruit of my reading on the encyclical is that I am able to appreciate my Work now in a better way, which is the activity of partaking the divine work of the Creator. I am called by Him in a Vocation of Work.

I became more motivated in my daily work because this Fruit gives meaning to my work. It is not about what kind of job or work that I am doing, but how do I respond to His plan in my Work. The Subject of Work is Man. So work is a means for me to be the intended Human Being.

So I asked my self how do I get better in my work?

How do I improve my productivity?

Why I asked these questions? Simply because a better work, or a better fruit of work requires a better person who is doing the work. By improving the quality of my work and also the result of my work I am playing my role as a subject of Work.

Participation of the divine Work of the Creator of the Universe is reflected by the subduing of the earth through man’s work. The earth is also a result of the work of the Creator. I can’t help my self to think that the Creator is like a father who is preparing a playground for His children. By playing in this playground, they will be nurtured and become more human, in the likeness of the Father.

Strength based Work

Then I was reminded of a little book given to me on my 23th birthday, entitled StrengthsFinder 2.0. In summary what is this book trying to say is that we should invest our time in the development of our strength.

Strength is the ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance

There are many self help books saying that we can be anything we want. The truth is that

We cannot be anything we want to be- but we can be a lot more of who we already are.

Reading at this quote from the book on page 9, it resounds one of the image of God that we are created in its likeness. Unique.

The fact that there is nobody can be identically the same, even identical twin is different, trying to tell us how creative is the Creator. I will not be able to find another me in this world. I have my own role to play, with the unique combination of Talents molded and shaped by the hands of the Creator when I was in my mother’s womb. That is why I cant be somebody else, I need to be me, the unique person who God created to be.

Talents are a natural way of thinking, feeling or behaving. It comes into existence naturally and it cannot be acquired, and we have unique talents within us.

The main formula for strengths in this book is

Strength = Talents x Investment

Investment is the time spend practicing, developing my Skills and building my Knowledge base.

Skills are the basic abilities to perform the fundamental steps of task, such as computer skill, fast reading skill, computational skill, music skill, etc. Skill can be acquired through formal or informal training and practice.

Knowledge is simply what we know, such as our awareness of historical dates, rules of a game, etc. It must be acquired through formal or informal education.

Lastly, this book provide a Strength test which will provide me with a comprehensive report of my 5 top dominant talents, an action planning guideline, 50 ideas for action, and interview with people of similar talents.

My top 5 talents are : Significance, Activator, Input, Command, and Belief.

I am Not trying to promote about this book ( I dont need to promote anyway since it is one of the best selling business book). What I am trying to share is about our Unique Talents, and how is this book help me to relate in a deeper meaning of Work in my real life. My current strategy now is to focus my current job into the framework of this talents theme. Finding related knowledge base and skills in order to practice and then improving the quality of my work.

Doing a better quality of Work will help me to discover of my deeper identity as children of God and to know more about His plan. Lastly, by doing this, it will help me to respond His calling and by my work I want to praise Him who has created me.

Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum

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It’s Tuesday

“Because, most of us all walk around as if we’ re sleeping walking. We really don’t experience the world fully, because we’re half-asleep, doing things we automatically thing we have to do.”

Today I fully aprpreciate this quote. I am breathing but I dont have clear vision. I dont have clear dream.

Once I read from a blog about what imagery you would think of your life. I had one imagery last time, like a clay.

But I think the clay is almost dry now, it is very difficult to be shaped, the clay also want to know what is its shape now. No answer, no body tell it. It is confused and lost.

It is tuesday. I learned about death today.

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Weekends of Tuesday with Morrie
It has been quite some time for me to write something here, and also to read a novel book. It is because of my bad habbit of Procrastination. I am now trying to cut my negative habit of procrastination by writting something that touched me so much this weekend. I supposed to write about my 10 days training at Kkotongnae as I promised one of my friend and also about my trip to Chengdu, and some other things. Rather than making the list longer I guess the best solution is just start writing from what I have now.
So here I am, after finishing the 2nd book by Mitch Albom, Tuesday with Morrie. I borrowed these 2 books ( one more day and Tuesday with Morrie ) from my roommate. The last novel that I read is harry potter which was about 1 or 2 years ago. These two books are quite thin so I could finish it quite fast. ( maybe 2 weekends is considered slow for some of you hahaha). I am not going to give a book review,but rather about my experience and reflection reading this book.

For more excerpt or preview about the book please check it on wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuesdays_With_Morrie)

I will go straight to my favorite chapter: The fourth Tuesday, we talked about Death.

Death is really the best topic that I love from this book, it serves me as a wake up call, slap on the face, or punch on my stomach. When something struck me real hurt it means that I am really weak on this ( I forgot where I heard or read about this )

My favorite part from this chapter :
” Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live …. , Because, most of us all walk around as if we’ re sleeping walking. We really don’t experience the world fully, because we’re half-asleep, doing things we automatically thing we have to do. “
And facing death changes all that?
” Oh yes, You strip away all that stuff and you focus on the essentials. When you realize you are going to die you see everything much differently.”

“Everyone knows they are going to die, but nobody believes it.”

I love this part because it hit me so hard, I am that kind of person, I know that I am going to die, but I dont really believes it because I dont live my life fully. yet.

I know that I should doing what I love, living what I love, but the problem is…. I dont know exactly what it is.
I am still running here and there to find clues. I am still not at peace with my self. I dont know about you, but I really want to say that I know what I love, and I am doing what I love.

At the end of my life, I will be able to say I forgive all the things that I failed to do, but if I have a chance to repeat my life, I will do exactly the same thing that I did in my life.
I can feel it…. The sense of peace because of fulfillment.

I am still not settling down, I am open minded, searching for my true self, knowing what I love, and doing it.
By writing this, I discovered 1 clue, I love to share, I love to hear if there is anybody who could relate to what I am writing, and of course I could help them from my sharing.

I know that I am not alone, we are on the same quest. To our self discovery. Let us share and encourage one another.

Peace

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