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Video Inspirasi: Berbaktilah, Selagi Ada Waktu

Ladies, kadang seiring kita beranjak dewasa, kita makin egois dan lupa akan orang tua yang selama ini merawat dan menyayangi kita. Kita sudah punya hidup sendiri, sudah bisa hidup mandiri, seolah ‘kita sudah siap tanpa mereka’. Benarkah demikian?

Film pendek berdurasi 6 menit ini akan mengajak kita merenung sejenak tentang banyak hal. Tentang waktu, janji-janji, bakti pada orang tua, pendewasaan hingga penyesalan. Video ini dibuat sekitar 2 tahun lalu dan berhasil meraup sekitar 4 juta view di China, dan membuat jutaan hati terketuk karenanya. Berikut ini videonya.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NWF6xhlZ8iE

Saat kita semakin dewasa, orang tua kita semakin menua. Kadang kita bicara kasar pada mereka, namun mereka selalu berharap kita menjadi anak-anak yang hebat dan bahagia. Pemuda ini pernah berjanji pada sang ibu yang selama ini banting tulang menghidupinya hingga dewasa, “Bu, suatu saat aku akan memasak untukmu setiap hari,” ujarnya.

Sang ibu tersenyum, tak terlalu menagih ataupun meremehkan, “Kapan aku bisa makan masakan buatanmu?”. Sang anak menjanjikan bahwa suatu hari nanti ia akan masak banyak dan enak untuknya.

Hari itu, pemuda ini pun memasak dengan semangat. Ia membuat beragam masakan enak dengan harapan sang ibu akan menyukainya. Ketika masakan itu disajikan, ia menunggu ibunya datang dari kerja.

Tak berapa lama, sang ibu pun datang. Mereka akhirnya makan bersama. Pemuda itu dengan bangga memberikan makanan untuk ibunya. Namun akhirnya, pemuda ini sendiri makan dengan lahap. Bahkan air matanya bercucuran. Mengapa?

Hari itu, semuanya sudah terlambat. Ibunya meninggal karena mendadak pingsan sepulang bekerja dan pemuda ini tak pernah sempat memasakkan ibunya, setiap hari, seperti yang pernah ia janjikan. Ia makan bersama ibunya, lebih tepatnya bersama bingkai foto ibunya. Karena ibunya telah tiada dan berada di surga.

Ladies, saat Anda menunggu untuk masa depan, atau saat Anda menunggu untuk waktu yang tepat, mungkin Anda sudah lebih dulu kehilangan. Karena tak ada yang bisa menggenggam kepastian waktu di masa mendatang.

Bila Anda ingin berubah, berubahlah sekarang. Bila Anda ingin berbuat baik, lakukanlah sekarang. Bila Anda ingin berbakti pada orang tua Anda, mulailah sekarang. Tak selalu kemapanan yang bisa membuat mereka bahagia, namun kasih sayang tulus Anda. Lakukanlah, selagi ada kesempatan.

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10 Reasons YOU CAN Achieve Your Dreams

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10 Reasons YOU CAN Achieve Your Dreams

Instead of realizing their dreams, too many people never get started, too busy, instead listing all the reasons why they cannot achieve their dreams.

Things like:

  1. I do not have enough money.
  2. I’m not talented.
  3. I do not have enough knowledge.
  4. I do not have enough experience.
  5. I have failed many times in the past.
  6. I’m not lucky.
  7. Who I am to dream of making such an impact.
  8. …and so on.

They defeat themselves before they even get started!

This is not what you deserve.

So, here are 10 reasons why YOU CAN achieve your dreams:

1. You can because it’s feels great!

“To be able to get out of bed and do what you love for the rest of the day is beyond words.” –  John Schroeder

Your dream exists to turn your life into a masterpiece of joy and contribution. Doing what you love and living your life on your own terms are the best things you can do for yourself.

2. You can because it’s YOUR dream

Writer Richard Bach says, “You’re never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.

The dream that is born inside your heart will never exist, if you do not have the power to make it come true. That’s a timeless truth.

Since you have thought about it, then you have an innate ability to achieve it.

It’s so unique that only you can make it true.

3. You can because it shapes your future

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

The world’s movers and shakers are those who believed in their dreams and persevered until they manifested what they have dreamt about.

Envision your dream and see by your heart’s eyes how it can change the world and have a huge impact on so many lives.

4. You can because you can land on the clouds

“I’m a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds.”  Mike Tyson

When you work on your dreams, you will create your best life possible. Even if you cannot reach the stars, you will at least land on the clouds.

5. You can because you are hungry

If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.” –Les Brown

Nothing will feed your hunger for making a difference more than pursuing your dream.

It will add meaning to your life and make your efforts worthwhile. It will make you wake up every morning with exhilaration and enthusiasm.

As Les Brown says, “You gotta be HUNGRY”

6. You can because you don’t want to die again

When you cease to dream you cease to live.” –Malcolm Forbes

If you ignore the love and light in your heart, your soul will die of starvation.

Too many people are living, but very few are actually ALIVE!

Following a dream is the only way to start living. When you dream, you become alive. And I do not think you want to ignore your dream and die again.

7. You can because you are a pioneer

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” –Oscar Wilde

You will face criticism, not because you are wrong, but because you are a pioneer.

People are not used to see dreamers who have crazy ideas to make the world a better place.

Most people are so stuck in the rut that they do not believe someone can get out, spread his/her wings and fly high in the sky.

8. You can because you deserve it

Dreams are the touchstones of our character.” –Henry David Thoreau

You deserve to have a big dream and to become remarkable. If you do not leave your mark in the world, no one will remember you.

Living small makes you small and you are born to be great. You have a dream because you have a strong character that strives to live big and be big.

9. You can because there is a problem that only you can solve

Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.” –Edgar Cayce

You dream because you have a burning desire to solve a problem or fulfill a need that would make the world a better place.

You are our answer to our most difficult questions. You owe it to us and to the world.

10. You can because you’ve got the courage

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney

All what your dream needs is courage that will nurture it and make it grow beyond all limitations. And you have this courage within you.

If you’re passionate about it, unleash it. No matter what you think or what other people think, YOU CAN.

You can.

You deserve.

You owe it to yourself and to the world.

It’s time to believe in the beauty of your dreams and show the world the promise and brilliance of your legacy.

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients
1/2 pound elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon powdered mustard
3 cups milk
1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 large egg
12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh black pepper
Topping:
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup panko bread crumbs
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it’s free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.

Temper in the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.

Melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.

Remember to save leftovers for fried Macaroni and Cheese.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/baked-macaroni-and-cheese-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback

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My Favorite Things {giveaway}

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I have each put together baskets of my favorite things to give away to our readers! These are the things we simply could NOT live without, and we want to share them with YOU!

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Click on each link to view each site, and enter to win their favorite things gift. If you receive an error message, click to the blog’s home page.

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Something Swanky Favorite ThingsWin an Erin Condren Life Planner at www.somethingswanky.com

Erin Condren Life Planner – I couldn’t live without mine! Seriously, it’s the perfect size to carry in my purse, super sturdy, and customized to totally meet my planning needs! Plus… it’s SUPER cute!

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This water bottle goes where I go! I’m a total water bottle snob, and I think this one is PERFECT. It slips into the water bottle pockets on my purse just right, unscrews in two places up top– one opening is for adding ice, and the other is for drinking! And the best part? My daughter has yet to break this one– DURABLE!

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Doa Mendapat Kemudahan dalam Segala Urusan

اللَّهُمَّ لاَ سَهْلَ إِلاَّ مَا جَعَلْتَهُ سَهْلاً وَأَنْتَ تَجْعَلُ الحَزْنَ إِذَا شِئْتَ سَهْلاً

Allahumma laa sahla illa maa ja’altahu sahlaa, wa anta taj’alul hazna idza syi’ta sahlaa