End of 2012 – De-Clutter The Mind

“Life is like a camera,
just focus on what’s important,
capture the good times,
and if things don’t work out,
just take another shot.”

New Year has almost arrive, and by the end of year, it is always good time for me, for de-clutter. Just like all previous end of year, it’s a time to shake off the cobwebs and clear the path for new beginnings, get rid of things that no longer have value to me. I don’t mean the material possessions, but mostly way of thought, habits, feelings, etc. It’s an excellent way for launching pad to embark on a new season, especially for personal growth.

You see, how much does your life weigh? Imagine for a second that you’re carrying a backpack, feel the straps on your shoulders. Now, pack it with all the stuff that you have in your life. Feel the weight as that adds up. Fill it all into that backpack, people who has negative influences in your life, fill it also with memories that used to drain you, add it with habits that overwhelmed you, add the unrealistic ambitions or “fantasy goals” in your mind”, and add the “If Only” situations in your life. Now try to walk. It’s kind of hard, isn’t it?

I think, this is what we do to ourselves on a daily basis. We weigh ourselves down until we can’t even move. Now, I’m gonna set that backpack on fire. Let everything burn and imagine waking up tomorrow with nothing. It’s kind of exhilarating, isn’t it? Because, I’m sure that I don’t need to carry all that weight, I just want to set that bag down.

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Cultivating A Peaceful Mind

Peaceful Mind does not mean to be in a place,
Where there is no noise, trouble or hard work…
It means, to be in the midst of those things,
and still be calm in your heart..

It’s been a while I haven’t written. It’s not that I lose interest for writing, but since last month, it’s been quite exciting busy time. Stability routines at the office are mixed with some interesting events (work-related events, City events, and Indonesian community events) and completing the closed-out of engineering projects. And the thing is, I feel like life just “come together”. It’s the feeling that I’m happy with who I am and what I do, and being able to go to sleep feeling fulfilled.

And the thing that I’ve notice about myself for now, I’m finally on the phase on my life where I’m able to just feel a peaceful mind, a feeling rest, and free of worried, so to speak. Although I just realized that, writing during “hard times” are much more “flowing” rather than “peace” time, but yes, I’m enjoying these moments of inner calmness, and freedom from lot of obsessing thoughts.

This is really the way of my life that It should be… Just peaceful, calm, relaxing, simple, uncomplicated, stable, and faraway from worries. 🙂

Having Boundaries

To be honest, being far away from my home country, actually give me an easier time. I can have a lot of alone time, which makes me rethink often, everything that is important to me. I start to really think about myself and paying less attention to what those around me are saying. This doesn’t mean I’m being selfish, it just gets me focused on what I want in life.

Because the main different thing that I can notice is that, It’s honestly good to have clear boundaries between professional life & personal life outside of work, because there is clear boundaries between co-workers and friends. I think, it help me a lot to feel more peace, since what happenend in the office just stay in the office completely. Why we should discuss a stressful project outside of office anyway.

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Oasis – Little by Little

“We sow our thoughts, and We reap our actions;
We sow our actions, and We reap our habits;
We sow our habits, and We reap our character;
We sow our character, and We reap our destiny.”

“Little by Little” was perhaps the most controversial Oasis’s song, receiving mixed reviews from those who felt it was a classic example of an upbeat Oasis anthem and those who felt it was a twee, patronising, sycophantic melody. Regardless of this, I can feel this song is pure poetry… the lyrics is amazing, indeed.

I like to listen this song, because it remind me that any goals can be achieved in life always start with small steps, making a step of progress little by little, all things that I wanted will come slowly but sure. There is no quick fix nor “instant” in life. And while this may at first seem daunting, the beautiful fact is that it is in small habits, small action, that I partake in every day consistently that will create the life I want.

We all like the idea of being able to make big, sweeping, massive changes in a short period of time. A lot of us have found that does not always end up being the way that things happen and sometimes it’s not even all that practical to expect that. Because oftentimes in life, there is a process that must play-out in sequence before things happen. We learn things, we grow, we are challenged through process, and all that, slowly but sure, little by little, the result will come eventually.

You see, the truly grand things in life will always require hard work, focus and patience. All aspects in our lives that matter most to us – our relationships, our financial security, our peace of mind, and a healthy grasp on the meaning of life, I can’t help but realize, that each require time & genuine discipline to make those things become real success.

This song “Little by Little” helps me to gain the right perspective of life, so I can have right guidelines for making decisions, and help me to be able to navigate through the storms & uncertainties that life brings. And as long as I keep smiling and moving forward, the road ahead is going to be far better than I can imagine. Sometimes, the best thing that can possibly happen to me in the long run, is not getting exactly what I want right now… But eventually, through all its twists and turns, it will come…

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That “Someday” is Today

No matter what you want in life,
you’ve got to take that first step..
Regardless how much metawork we do,
or how much we talk about what we want to accomplish,
in the end, it’s our actions that define whether we fail or succeed.
Take a step, even if it’s a small step..

I remember when I was teenager, that I used to say, “Someday I’ll become that person, someday I’ll get everything that I want, someday, and someday”. Even when I was in college, this “someday things” became part of me also. “Someday I will be rich, someday I’ll go looking for better job, someday I’ll travel the world, etc, etc”..

The truth is, this someday things are growth with me, that make so accustomed that there will be a someday in my life where everything will finally come together. I have to admit it feels good to write today in these new ground rules. Because these someday things are lies, lies, lies… It’s seems almost unfair that at such a young age we buy into these lies and get stuck forever in this fairy tale idea of life.

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Emotional Security From Within

This year have made me understand better than before,
how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way,
and that so many things that one goes worrying about,
are of no importance whatsoever…
I’ve been waiting for this phase in my life to begin,
a phase where I can just feel secure to be myself..

Here we go, the september almost over. This month, I’ve been focused to re-think about everything that is important to me, slightly quiet and enjoy the silence faraway from others, and paying less attention to what those around me are saying.

You see, within this year, I’ve tried hard to improve my sense for self-acceptance and be a friend to myself. To be honest, since few years ago, I used to be living on fear & wondering whether I’ll be able to achieve something big or not. Of course, when you do something out of fear, it will always result in failure.

I do remember the day when I felt a lot of doubt and insecure, I used to seek for the opinions of others before proceeding. It’s like I was ready to be lead by anyone who appears to know more than they do. At the time, I had no sense that I could control my path through life. I would simply wait for things to happen and then react to them.

But since I’ve became a friend to myself, and practicing the self acceptance, then I got those sense of purpose. The first step is to openly accept where you are right now, whether you feel good about it or not. Because, you won’t get any stronger until you accept where or who you are right now.

The main question is, “Do you want sympathy for creating what you don’t want, or do you want congratulations for creating what you do want?”

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26 Years Old and The Big Picture

Destiny is a pretty big concept..
Where you are in life, how you got there,
what would have happened if one thing or another had been different..
Well, It’s funny looking back at those days,
knowing now exactly what I am heading towards,
and what heading towards me..

Well, today I’m officially 26 years old, and wooooow, this is also my first official post on my new blog. A blog that using my own name as domain. It’s still hard to believe that I can reach this big milestone in my life so far. It’s indeed, my life is really going in a good direction now. I couldn’t be more thankful with everything that comes into me this year. I’ve got everything I’ve been dreamed of since I was kid this year.

To be honest, when I celebrate my 25th birthday last year, I’ve never thought that my life would be changed so much as it like today. I still remember that last year, I was asking myself regarding, “What makes a man who he is? Is it the worst things he’s ever done, or the best things he’s trying so hard to be?”. After I was being able to answer that question, I was ready to accept reality, and starting to begin to be a friend to myself.

But then, every big changes came this year. I’m finally able to take a massive step on my career. Today, at this 26th of age, I have more confident and become accustomed to learning to think bigger.

Because, after what happened this year, I realize now that I don’t want to wake up someday at 65 years of age, sighing over what I should have tried. I just want to do it, be willing to fail, and learn along the way. At least, I’ll give my best shot. At the end of the day, whether I choose to go with it, flow with it, resist it, change it, or hide from it, life will always goes on.


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The “What Next” Question

A wise man,
is one who after many years of learning,
still able to say “I don’t know”..
Because, life, all life, is about asking questions,
It’s not about knowing answers..

(~Allie Keys – Taken, The Series)

 You see, for me, life can be seen as a series of chapters – stepping stones, opportunities, branches splitting off into a million different directions, big and small decisions. These chapters may have obvious beginnings and ends, and sometimes those definitions are blurred. The key thing to keep in mind is that all segments flow together. Everything falls into place, whether we plan it that way or not.

With all chapters, there are underlying themes. There are questions that come and go with the passage of time. One of the questions that I could never shake was “What comes next?” No matter how far I ran in my life, it kept pace. Wherever I went, it’s like accompany me.

I remember when college graduation came and went, there it was again: “What comes next?” And this time, it wasn’t only my mind asking the question – it felt like the entire world was fixated with what my response would be.

It’s hard to think of it. It seems that I’ve done my part, you know. I did what I have to do. And, what to do next in life? This question is always asked by myself for these few weeks. Especially, when September is coming next, and I’ll celebrate my birthday, and it’s always the month and time where I reflect about my own life.

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Ramadan Kareem in Abu Dhabi

No life ever grows great by itself,
Until it is devoted, focused and closely controlled.
Also no life is ever happy until,
it is lived for the glory of Allah.
May Allah bless all of us..
May the spirit of Ramadan ,
enlighten the world and show us,
the way to peace and harmony..
(~Ramadan kareem)..

Well, this is my first time experience for the holy month of ramadan, to do fasting (puasa) in overseas. The thing is, since I’ve arrived in this city (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), I know I felt amazed with the way of life of the people in here.

Then, when Ramadan month was coming, I become more amazed. Because, all activities during Ramadan are always related with worship to God (Allah SWT). Not surprise enough for middle east country, that ruled by Islam religion. But, when I’ve experieced for the first time, It makes me wondering in a good way, that make me really thankful for experienced Ramadan in this good city.

In this part of the world, the phrase used to greet during Ramadan, is “Ramadan Kareem”, meaning ‘Ramadan is generous’. Well, Ramadan is a time for giving. People give to the poor, and help out their fellow man. Charity tents are erected for those who wish to donate to the needy, and charity desks abound.

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Pipeline Engineering World

Some kids dream of being astronauts.
Some kids dream of playing baseball.
Some kids dream of becoming rockstar.
When I was a kid, I had only one dream
To create something useful to people & society..
And eventually, I became an engineer..

(~Ted – HIMYM)

Well, there are a lot of responses on my blog and my e-mails that asking about pipeline. The thing is, It’s not like I’m more expert than you, because honestly, I’m also same like you that still required to learn more. So, I hope, this post is useful to give a basic understanding for you, who also want to pursue the career on pipeline’s world.

What is ‘Engineering’?

There is little point in talking about pipeline engineering without first understanding what ‘engineering’ is, isn’t it?

Engineering basicaly means an application of science to create something through practical of technical knowledge on design, or implement, or problems solving, or improvements for materials, structures, machines, devices, systems, and processes that safely meet its intended function, efficiently & economically.

In a big / establish country, Engineering is a high demand and prestigious profession, because Engineers can make a big ‘difference’ in the world by clever designs on energy worlds, or on infrastructure projects such as building, bridge, or water treatment to give people clean water to drink.

What is ‘Pipeline’?

The term pipeline refers to a long line of connected segments of pipe, with pumps, valves, control devices, gas compressor stations, and other equipment/facilities needed for operating the system. It is intended for transporting a fluid (liquid, gas, mixture of fluids, etc.), of under or above the ground or sea.

In a “rich oil” country, pipeline systems are always in high demand. As transportation by pipelines reduces traffic on highways and streets, reduces noise, air pollution, and damage to highways & streets caused by trucks and other vehicles.

Define “Pipeline Engineering”

What is the first thing you think of when I say “pipeline engineering”? “I don’t know” or “that’s a good question” was a common first response to me. Although many specifically said “mechanical engineering”, some identified “civil engineering”, but there seemed to be a bit of “process engineers”.

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I’m Working Overseas in Middle East

It’s like sometimes not knowing,
how crazy you doing something, is a good thing..
You’re just goofing around..
Until someone noticed it, shows up, and says, “Wow”..
And the rest of my life story, is unfolded little by little..

You know, to be honest, somehow I’m still thinking, all of these are “too good to be true”. Yes, surely there are times when I imagined this one before, but it’s just some fantasy or fairy tale that I actually never thouht to became reality. You can see those my previous posts are quite reflecting it.

I still remember, the first time when I want to actually make this happen, and being focus to achieve it. It was 3 months ago, during my Field Break time, I was alone at my room, and I was watching How I Met Your Mother with “Unfinished” episode. It made me look real hard about my lifelong dream and relate with what I’ve achieved on my life so far..

And, at the end of movie, Ted said that,
I know that successful person don’t just live in life. They change it, they shape it, they make their mark upon it, and mark it with amazing result. They never gave up on their dream..

But, you see, that’s not usually how it goes. I mean, usually, it isn’t a speeding bus. Most of the time, it’s just too difficult or too expensive, or too scary. It’s only once you’ve stopped, that you realize how hard it is to start again. So you force yourself not to want it. But it’s always there. And until you achieve it, it will always be…unfinished..

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