Sep 30, 2008

Perutusan Aidilfitri 1429H

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Sep 17, 2008

There are always choices in life

Why I don't post for a very long time.

** I have two choices, to post or not to post. I choose the latter.
** There are always choices in life. When you come into a "road not taken" , you always have to make a decision.
** How can we decide to be succeeded? I want to succeed but I didn't get. Check your choice given.
** Before this, you have been given time, you choose to play or to study?
** You have been given 24 hours, you choose to over study until you stress or you take enough sleep?
** Then, when you always have the time to reflect, think about your failure, you choose to just regret or you make a turning point??
** There are always choices in life, you choose to take benefit on this post until the end, or you choose to ignore -- or half-ignore -- or read without application???

-Anas Ahmad Faris

Choices in Life [Inspirational Story]

Jerry is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!" He was a unique manager because he had several waiters who had followed him around from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator.

If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation. Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him, I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?" Jerry replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, Jerry, you have two choices today. You can chose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.

"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested. "Yes it is," Jerry said.

"Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood.

The bottom line: It's your choice how you live life." I reflected on what Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it. Several years later, I heard that Jerry did something you are never supposed to do in a restaurant business: he left the back door open one morning and was held up at gunpoint by three armed robbers. While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination.

The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma enter. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.

I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Wanna see my scars?"

I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place. "the first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door," Jerry replied. "Then, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or I could choose to die. I chose to live." "Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked. Jerry continued, "...the paramedics were great.

They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read 'he's a deadman'. I knew I needed to take action." "What did you do?" I asked. "Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me," said Jerry.

"She asked if I was allergic to anything. 'Yes' I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, 'BULLETS!' Over their laughter, I told them, 'I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead'." Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully. Attitude, after all, is everything.

"Choices in Life". Accessed September 16, 2008.

Sep 4, 2008

Ramadhan - Let's change!

12 months passed, and we meet it again.

"Ku mengharapkan Ramadhan kali ini penuh makna,
agar dapat kulalui dengan sempurna."

I have sent message to all my friends and I'll repeat the message.

"Ramai yang mengharapkan mereka dapat bertemu Ramadhan, tetapi mereka menemui ajal sebelum Ramadhan. Maka, jadikanlah Ramadhan ini terbaik untuk kita."

Many people hoped that they could meet Ramadhan, but they faced ajal before Ramadhan. Thus, make this Ramadhan the best ever.

After I sent this message, I got some feedbacks.

[40 messages on Ramadhan]

but, 2 of them were telling sad story.

One is that her friend just passed away.

And another one, his friend died in the first Ramadhan, of health problem.

And, this makes me remember one of my best friends in PLKN Merang Suria, Faris Ikhwan who passed away, on April, of accident. Very tragic.

But, the point here is, we, don't know when we will die, and we have to take the Ramadhan as a way to change.

Tazkirah. {

Masyarakat Islam perlu merebut peluang meningkatkan pelbagai amalan sempena Ramadan kali ini dan diharap dapat membersihkan hati yang kotor dengan pelbagai sifat tidak baik.

Menteri Besar, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat berkata, selain amalan berpuasa, pelbagai fadilat dalam bulan Ramadan harus direbut setiap umat Islam, termasuk amalan sedekah, iktikad, zikir dan sebagainya.

“Amalan bacaan al-Quran dan menghayati isi kandungannya perlu ditingkatkan kerana al-Quran menjaga roh manusia. Kalau kita anti syaitan kita akan kuat.

“Fadilat mengamalkan ajaran al-Quran yang kuat mampu melawan syaitan seperti sifat tidak baik termasuk malas, berjudi, tinggal solat, malas bayar hutang dan lain-lain,” katanya dalam tazkirah sempena pelancaran program Ihya Ramadan peringkat Masjid Kota Darulnaim, di sini semalam.

Menurutnya, sempena Ramadan umat Islam tidak hanya memfokuskan kepada amalan berpuasa selama sebulan kerana banyak lagi fadilat bulan Ramadan yang seharusnya direbut pahala amalannya.

Katanya, banyakkan bersedekah, meningkatkan amalan berzikir dan pelbagai lagi dalam bulan puasa kerana sebagai makhluk Allah tiada siapa mengetahui, sama ada masih berpeluang menjalankan ibadat itu pada tahun-tahun akan datang.