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I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.

~Neil Gaiman~

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But loving-kindness — maitri — toward ourselves doesn’t mean getting rid of anything. Maitri means that we can still be crazy after all these years. We can still be angry after all these years. We can still be timid or jealous or full of feelings of unworthiness. The point is not to try to change ourselves.

~Pema Chödrön~

What are your priorities?

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I feel sick every time I hear or read a racist remark. We need to open our minds and question our perceptions.

Don’t you think he is handsome? But because of the wrong perception of Bule in my little hometown in the old times, people may judge him as poor and stinky. Picture credit of cookie_studio on Freepik

“What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.”
C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew

I grew up in a small town in Flores island, Indonesia. When I was a child, people there were lucky to see one or two westerners in a year. Bule is the name Indonesians call westerners. Most of the bules that passed by our hometown were backpackers. So the image of a bule or western person in my hometown was poor and stinky because most of them didn’t…

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“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.”

~Henry Ford~

I hate math. I am bad at math. My name is always at the bottom of the board in the class.” I remember I heard these excuses many many times from my son, Patrick when he was still enrolled in the normal school.

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“Man may have discovered fire, but women discovered how to play with it.”
~Candace Bushnell~

How long have you been married? How’s your marriage life? If you open this article, I congratulate you for being an open-minded person who wants to have a better relationship with your partner.

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Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”

~Alfred Lord Tennyson~

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Turn him to any cause of policy,
The Gordian Knot of it he will unloose,
Familiar as his garter

~Shakespeare, Henry V, Act 1 Scene 1. 45–47~

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Sylvia Silvers (aka Sylvia Astuti Gunawan)

Hi, I’m Sylvia Silvers. I motivate and inspire people to unlock their best version. I am a maverick, a learner, and a dreamer!

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