Monthly Archives: November 2013

Let’s talk strength

Most of us are familiar with the term SWOT, which stands for Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, and Threat. It is an assessment technique to gauge our situation, mostly in an organization or business.

More often than not, we tend to dwell on our weaknesses and threats. This is true on a professional or personal level. We highlight things we don’t have or have too little of. Continue reading


I stood there in silence. (Im)patiently waiting. Because this was as far as I could go. This was as far as I was allowed to go.

I wondered if you knew the distance I would actually travel for you, with you, if you only let me.

You looked at me and asked, “What would you do if you were me?”
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Providing space

922182_521195137938851_518267115_o“Give space” – that was what popped up in my head when I was asked what one message that I want to convey. I know I have been given plenty and it is high time to share. But to share what? I am just a beginner. Am I eligible to share?

The second question I shall deal with in another post. But first, the first question. What am I sharing? What message do I really really want to share with the world? What am I about?
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I let you in on a little secret. I have different ways of responding to a “thank you” and, as almost always, I am being deliberate about it.

Sometimes it is “You’re welcome”, sometimes it’s “okay”, “sure”, “pleasure”, “likewise”, or “anytime”.

Anytime is the least frequent, due to what the word entails. To a select few, I say “anytime” all the time. And I mean every single stroke of it.

At that auction, humanity won

At a fundraising event in Jakarta, you can do good and have a fabulous time simultaneously. (Photo courtesy of Eva Muchtar)

A passing invitation came to me the other day from a friend to attend a fundraising musical drama “Music for Rema” at Salihara cultural center in South Jakarta. The event was to support patients of rheumatoid arthritis. It turned out to be a very heartwarming occasion shared with kind and light-hearted people.
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