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Auspicious Gala Dinner & Wishing Candle 2017 BLIA YAD Indonesia

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Auspicious Gala Dinner (7th April 2017) and Wishing Candle (23th April 2017). Finally, we did it guys! Passing 2 big events in a same month is just a challenging experience. At first, I can’t imagine in my first 4 months of being President with new committees plus new environment, we have to prepare those events in a row. It’s just out of my expectation that behind this achievement, there are almost 70 volunteers who have given their best support. They spend their time and effort to be in a same team for giving their best to all participants.

Sometimes I feel that how I can give a better chance to all committees and volunteers for developing themselves through the vision “Cultivate Inner Heart”. Sometimes it is totally out of my limitation to know what they have felt all this time in my length of service as President who have to think a lot for further plan, but I don’t have much time to concern one by one. I have to work with system and schedule so that we can bring us closer to our target. But, I’m sure that every feedback will be my references to create a better system.

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In this chance, through this blog, I am very opened with all criticism and suggestions (also ideas) from your point of view as committees, volunteers, or maybe participants, who have been together with BLIA YAD Indonesia all this time.  I am sure the key of success in organization is an honest and sincere communication through each other. Hope for your feedback! Thank you, guys (:

 

LOVE and about LOVE

 

“Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity. When I give, I give myself” (Walt Whitman)

Before you read, I just want to make sure… hmm, ok, I admit, it has been 18 years (since I was born) I haven’t had any real experiences of what “Korean drama cutie love” is [TT_TT]. Now, I think my heart is a little bit hurting. But, at the present, I am writing about LOVE. It is understandable that you might doubt me, so you would want to continue reading for clarifying the given information, or you should be curious a bit, right?. So, just read (: .

But again, before you read, don’t be so rush, sit down and fully in a relax position, like me right now, sitting on my bed, eating Vietnamese cookie and drinking a cup of coffee, because I need to stay up late for studying for re-exam this week (don’t say it, I knew I failed!). Just read slowly and gently this article and try to relate it to some of your memories while you read, ok? Turn on this music while your are reading, please *blink blink* (Novels or La vie en rose)

What exactly is Love? Love, whenever I mention it, OMG, it is a whole new open window with full of sunlight enters and blends my room and my eyes with warm delighted yellow color. Because, for me, love is funniest fun, is happiest happiness, is most joyful joy and is the most beautiful beauty. On the other hand, why all I see in your replies that love is sadness, depression, regrets and embarrass. Isn’t it? Sometimes someone tell me don’t believe in love. Why?

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I might be an innocent girl with pinky eyesight of the world around me. But none of a thing that I do is lack of love. I love my smelly breathe in the morning when I wake up, I love when I brush my hair also pray that it will be longer so I can make a braid, I love when me and my friends run to school every morning because we always late, I even love the sky when it is raining heavily and i have to sacrifice my shoes to go back to my dorm,… none of the song I’ve listened isn’t about love, none of the lesson I’ve learnt isn’t about love, none of the people I’ve met isn’t because of love. Because, my friends, life is full of love, love everywhere, everytime, everyone.

Phan Viet – she is a Vietnamese professor, a lecterer at an American University, author of best-seller book in Vietnam and also a respectful venerable of Vietnam – ever wrote in her book some of the word like this (temporary translation):

“I want to keep my belief (or illusion) in my heart, at the present, someone is thinking about me, like I am thinking about you but I never say it directly to you. I want to believe that between the people who never really “acknowledge” about each other will receive love which doesn’t depends on any promises and limitations. I want to believe in “yuan” without “fen” (yuanfen or fate) that we build it by our love. I want to believe in the seed that we plant, can be slow, but definitely will grow. Like after a long winter, the spring will come; I hope that all my friends – everyone, wherever you are right now on this earth, always keep the feelings of spring in your young and wild heart – the period when everything is simple, at the morning of a random day you can wake up and say goodbye without regret, can go far away without hesitation, or look at white snow from the sky, smile then take a deep breathe and exhale so gentle, let the air steam in space”

Haizzz… so beautiful, isn’t it? All the feelings, all the crazy moments,… I think I have a bit messy thoughts over here. Yah, true, my head is flying whenever I mention about love, excuse me (: .

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But, you know what is the most beautiful creature on this planet, this universe, I just can say a word, that is “YOU”. So to be honest, love yourself. Ok, no judgement here, I am going to explain it by this video “No arms no leds no wories

Now you’ve heard him said – Nick Vujicic:

“You usually concentrate on the things you wish you could have, and the things you should have had, but not the things that you have right now”

“I don’t need hands to hold her heart”

“I love life”

“Girls you are beautiful, you are gorgeous just the way you are and boys you are MEN”

(Just wanna share with the girls, Michelle Obama – Press Obama’s wife ever said to her daughter: “If I have thoughts about who would like me, and who thought I was cute, I wouldn’t be the wife of the president of the United State”, so just believe in who you are, don’t obsess of being cuter, because you are already be (: )

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So why don’t you start to love yourself right now? Have a healthy lifestyle, do the things you want, dream the dreams you want, live your life a bit more.

Okay, at this stage, you must be more ‘selfish’ a bit, love yourself harder. Do you know who I love the most? Myself. Just to be clear, I really can not stand with the feelings when I saw my mom is working hard for me, it makes me feel shame, stupid and embarrass. Because I love myself so much that I want to release from this uncomfortable feelings, I will focus on study to make my mom happy and I will also feel happy. Or when I see an underprivileged people, I just feel so uncomfortable to ignore them, so because I love myself so much, that I will help them, will talk with them,etc., until I feel everything is fine. So like, I directly founded (with friends) an organization named “Light Up The Dream”, our organization supports the street children who are labouring on the street such as sell gum, lottery, shine shoes, etc., have a chance to go to school, just because of we love ourselves so much that we want to release from our anxiety, haha. Go back to the quote that I wrote at the beginning of the article (: .

To understand about what I am saying up there, I think I am confusing myself and also you guys right? Please watch the movie “Life is beautiful” – a magnificent movie from France, watch it right away, directly now, if you haven’t watched it. I cried so hard because of it.

After watch it, everything is so simple, isn’t it? Life is beautiful, we are beautiful. Now, are you believe me? If you don’t believe me…………… it’s okay, what can I do now? (:

What do you need to fulfil your love? Courage/Brave, Patience and Just say it whenever you need to say, especially to your family (also your crush, highly recommendation (: ).

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Love and this is all about love. This is about me and you and the world. We were born by love. We deserve love. And we have the duty to love, also.

This is so long right now…I think that *Mr.President David* will complain about my writing, so I might want to stop here. But, because I love all of you, who ever came across my “pathetic loving story” here, if you have anything to say, can be anything, your scare, your love, your naughty brother/sister, or even you’re so kind to invite me for coffee time, maybe ice cream is better, just do it ok? I am serious guys, tell me stories if you want to, ok?

I am looking forward to meet you. Just call me maybe.

Daisy the flower – Lê Thục Minh Châu.

Independence Day in 2017?

Someone remind me about how we all missed the Independence Day of BLIA YAD Indonesia. It has been 4 years ago when 2012 was the last time this event was held. Independence Day was so unique and memorable event because we really felt the teamwork by facing quite hard challenge to be recognized as a fighter for Indonesia’s Independence Day.

So, will it be held this year? I am very open to all youths who want to organize this event by creating their own team of committee. By having member’s contribution, I have a good feeling that this cool event can be reborn this year. Anyone?

Dance like nobody is watching

Yah, sometimes we takes too much energy and time to do meeting and preparing for next event. Discuss all things that will never come to end. Yes, it will be such a burden if we are not used to it. If we take it as challenge and learning, then we will enjoy it so much. No matter what, we have to keep going with what we have been holding on. Yes, our commitment as committee of BLIA YAD. Let’s dance like nobody is watching! Tetap semangART!

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“Foster Leadership & Broaden Life Experience”

Start: January 2017 – now

Collaboration with: Suhendra Lim, Rosalina, Jessica, Munita, Jesslyn, Handy, Cendanawaty, Edbert, Caroline Siedik, Clairine, and Freddy Kurniawan.

Objective:

  • A bigger chance for youths to contribute more for BLIA YAD by implementing and cultivating their experiences of life and organization
  • Be an inspiring leader in teamwork by organizing creative event & program
  • A chance to choose their interest and explore their passion by training & experimenting

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Organization Structure 2017/2020

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First thing when I saw this structure is how to make all of them as a family. I haven’t work as a team with them before. Most of them, like Fiona, Dicky, Winnie, Widya, Ricardo, Vincent, Emily, Wilbert, Starwin, Edwin, and Rudiyanto, they were totally my new partners in organization. I haven’t know them very well, and I’m just afraid that they can’t be consistent in facing this 3 years of commitment.

It is not because I don’t believe them, but I feel worry when they are facing obstacle in the process, they can’t handle it then keep it as secret, and finally feel depressed in the end.

This is my first challenge; being a family with them, standing beside them, supporting them, and working with them as optimistic partner. Can I make it happened?

WHY BEING PRESIDENT? (PART 1)

It’s just a long story, guys. First time in 2008, I knew BLIA YAD Indonesia from my school friend, Nita Sofiani. She engaged me, Handy (the Vice President in period of Jessica & Rosalina), and friends to join the Independence Day and Old & New Celebration at Dharma Shanti Temple Berastagi. I found an interest when I saw how youths expressed their happiness through passion and creativity. So, I spent my time to know more about BLIA YAD from their weekly activity, called Sunday Class at Dharma Shanti Temple Medan from 9am till 11am.

I was not an active person at that time. I was afraid to talk, mostly I spoke when it was necessary. But, I started to change my habit when I was inspired by the speaker session of former presidents, Chandra Salim (Former President I), Hendry Willy Nasrun (Former President II), and Suryono (Former President III) which was the president at that time. They have their own style being a speaker, and I am totally impressed in how they talked in front of public. Suddenly, I have a crazy dream, “One day, I want to be a president like them. Talking with confidence, communicating with charisma, and inspiring with character.”

Well, time flies! I applied myself as committee in 2011 with Robin as the president. I offered myself in Activity division, and in the interview session by Venerable Light  (Supervisor of BLIA YAD Indonesia), Venerable asked me, “What do you want to reach in BLIA YAD?”. Without thinking twice, I answered, “I want to be a president one day.”

As my journey started as committee in Activity division with my best partner, Stella Yaparlin, I realized that being a president was not an easy task. I reflected myself, “If I can’t accomplish my responsibility in this division, how come I can be a president?”. So, that mindset keeps motivating me to do more than just an ordinary committee. I have to make a good track record, and I have to show the best. One day, I realized more that having achievement in BLIA YAD is not the only purpose to be the best committee. So, Venerable ever wrote to me,

“Jujurnya, kagum dan salut cara David menyelesaikan ataupun dalam menjalani tugas, selalu semangat dan berhati-hati mengorganisir. Ingat David! Jangan mudah menjadi sombong lo! Masih banyak yang perlu kita pelajari tentunya, tapi dengan langkah ‘kesadaran, disiplin, dan kecerdasanmu’ sebagai dasar ini. David pasti akan sukses besar kelak, dan harapan dan saranku, jika David berkenan menerimanya… Mendalami ajaran Buddha Dharma, mendalami theory Humanistic Buddhism, selain bisnis, melalui moral dan jati diri David yang baik, Motivator no.1 Guru Agama Buddha akan terlahir suatu hari!!!”

“To be honest, I’m impressed and salute with how David accomplish or run the tasks, always in spirit, and mindful in organize. Keep in mind, David! Don’t easily be arrogant! There are still so many things we need to learn, but in the way of ‘awareness, discipline, and your knowledge’ as the foundation. David will be success in the future, and my wish and suggestion, if David is pleased to accept it… Exploring the teaching of Buddha Dharma, exploring the theory of Humanistic Buddhism, beside business, through moral and good personality of David, a number 1 Motivator of Buddhist Teacher will born one day!!!”

… to be continued.