Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through My Eyes

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Manado, Sulawesi Utara, 2013

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Around Komodo and Kalong Island, Nusa Tenggara Timur, 2012

I enjoy the beauty of the sky, love amazingly sunrise and dramatically sunset. The sunset’s picture was captured when I visited Manado, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia. The sunrise’s picture was captured when I visited Komodo Island, Labuan Bajo, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia. Yes, I always try to capture every sunrise and sunset moment when I took a vacation. For me, sunset is the sign from God that the busy day will be over, it is time for us to get a rest, time for us to contemplate. Sunrise is the sign that the new day has come, it is time for us to achieve our dream. I really love the moment because it shows that the God always protect us in every night and day. That is why we have to thankful for all the beauty of the world that God already gave for us.

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Happiness

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One day I watched one of the talk show in our local news TV station. The topic was about The Happiness. The speaker is one of my favorites psychologist, his name is Alex Sriwirjono. The big question which is asked in the discussion was  “Are You Happy?”

Happiness is always be an interesting topic of conversation, I’m sure that everyone in this world wants to be happy and so do I.

“So how to find your happiness?”

He gave the best conclusion for how to find it. First, by the time we wake up in the morning, ask ourselves, what is our plan for today? Then, at night, ask ourselves once again before we go to sleep. Do we already achieve it or not? I think it is like a small review and we get a chance to talk to ourselves more often.

Then, the second is trying to look for the things that we could be thankful for. Every night, before we drift off to sleep, say  a thankful words for 3 simple things happened at that day to ourselves. I really like his idea. Because mostly we only focus on the big goals and sometimes we forget to see the “small important” things happened in our daily life.

We know that our day sometimes is not run smoothly. Perhaps something shit happened and it is beyond our control. However, if we want to think of, there are so many blessings from God that we should be thankful for.

Do we all realize? Every time we wake up at the morning, it is one of the blessing that we still could alive, God still gives us a chance to live. Then, have you ever notice, we could breathe and get the oxygen for free, we do not have to pay it, right? And there are still a lot more of “small” things that we could be thankful for.

So, is there any reason for us not to be happy? 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting

Today is my first time in joining weekly photo challenge: fleeting.

When I was a kid, I and my sisters always went to my grandparents’s house  every school holidays. They are living in out of Jakarta, Indonesia which is Malang, East Java, Indonesia. So, we always took the train to go there.

The train always brings me to my childhood memory. I could feel the joy and happiness at that moment.

As I grow old, the train gives me another lesson that is about how to move forward in our life. The train always stops in every station, welcome the new passengers and drop off the previous ones.

That’s exactly how we should do in our life. Ready to accept the changes. Welcome every new chapter of our life journey and take a lesson from our previous experiences.

It is like Paulo Coelho said “Our life is a constant journey, from birth to death. The landscape changes, the people change, our needs change, but the train keeps moving. Life is the train, not the station.”

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