Monday, August 22, 2011

From my Old Diary

I took these two paragraphs from my old diary...they aren't great but they were the thoughts filling my mind at times....

A gift from parents to kids,
Definitely, we all face problems in our lives. Firstly we try to solve them on our own however, sometimes we prefer to use the experience and wisdom of the elders. And the first ones that we seek help from are our parents. They are the persons that we don't hide anything from and trust most.... My own experience is that the kids take very serious what their parents say or write...Believe it or not they take more serious what their parents write than what they say....We like to have parents on our sides all time however, it is not possible all the times. To me, if parents write about problems that they faced and the way they dealt and solved problems would be a life time gift to their kids... I ask my parent that have a documented gift for least in form of videotapes...

One is nobody without a cause.... If you want that people around you grow and feel themselves then ecourage them to work for some humanely cause beside what they do... A small amount of time spending on such causes will enrich their life and give meanings to what they do...Believe it or not a Taiwanese vegetable seller woman by name of Chen Shu-chu is ranked 18th in the Time Magazine's list of 100 most influential people.

I like to add this report on Chen here,
"TAITUNG, Taiwan -- A female vegetable vendor in southeastern Taiwan's Taitung City is ranked along with former U.S. President Bill Clinton on U.S. Time magazine's 2010 list of the 100 most influential persons in the world for her philanthropy.

Chen Shu-chu ranked eighth in the “heroes” category of the 2010 Time 100 list.

“Out of her modest living, Chen, 59, has managed to donate nearly NT$10 million (that's US$320,000) to various causes, including US$32,000 for a children's fund, US$144,000 to help build a library at a school she attended and another US$32,000 for the local orphanage, where she also gives financial support to three children,” the magazine states.

Chen, who did not complete elementary school because of poverty, said that she doesn't know anything about the Time 100 list.

“I feel kind of embarrassed ... but I appreciate all the concern shown to me,” she said, adding that she was never informed about the Time magazine honor until being informed by reporters.

Chen began working by selling vegetables at a traditional market in Taitung City when she was only 13 years old to support her six siblings.

Almost five decades later, she continues to earn every penny the hard way, getting up at 3 a.m. to prepare for her workday. In the market, her stand is always the first to open and the last to close.

“What's so wonderful about Chen's achievement is not its extraordinariness but that it is so simple and matter of fact in its generosity,” states the citation in the magazine, which was written by New York-based Taiwanese film director Ang Lee.

She was quoted as having told a newspaper that “money serves its purpose only when it is used for those who need it.”

According to Time Magazine, she is planning to establish a NT$10 million fund to help the poor with education, food and health care.

“Amazing, but of all she has given away, her greatest gift is her example,” the citation states.

Other people on the Time list in the “heroes” category include former U.S. President Clinton at No. 1, followed by South Korean Olympic gold medal skater Kim Yu-Na in second place, former Iranian Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi in third place, and Chinese kungfu actor Jet Li who is 18th.

In March, Chen was selected by Forbes magazine as one of the 48 heroes of philanthropy from Asia.

In addition, Chairman J.T. Wang of local computer maker Acer was ranked along with U.S. President Barack Obama on the list of top 100 leaders,

Wang, 55, was cited for his farsightedness in making an early foray into the notebook computer market and providing low-cost PCs for more people. Other international leaders on the same list include Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva."

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Let's beat the drum!...!...!...!

Yeah, Let's beat the drum...In month of Ramadan, some people beat the drums going street to street to wake up the people in predawn time...I was always fascinated by their jobs; they wake up people from sleep in a time when they are in deep sleep... Socrates were thinking that most of us are in deep sleep like that of predawn time, so he was going from street to street in ancient Athens and cross-questioning people to show them that their lives are un-examined...When we do not analyse our beliefs and world views then it is like living in sleeping mode...The stronger the certainty in unexamined worldviews, the deeper is the sleep.......

As there is no Socrates to stop us on the streets to cross-question our worldviews, keeping diary is way to open yourself for your examination (it is famously known as self-accountability) here I have started beating the drums...let's see how much I am going to be committed to my diary :)