Sunday, June 1, 2008

Cris Carrier (The Power Of Forgiveness)

In 1976, one day before Christmas holiday, Cris Carrier young (10 years old) was walking to his home when suddenly a guy came to him and asked Cris to follow him. Cris followed that guy because Cris thought that guy is his father's friend.

What Cris didn't know was that guy got fired because always drank when he still became a caregiver for Cris' family. That day, that guy was planned to take a vengeance for what Cris' family did to him. That guy shot Cris in his head and left Cris alone among the scrub. Cris unconscious for six days before he was found by someone.

2 weeks after that accident, Cris tried to description the guy that already shot Cris but Cris couldn't do that because still trauma. That guy was released because police don't have any proof. That guy already made Cris' left eye became blind, the miracle is Cris didn't have any serious injured in his head. With the care, love and support from his family, Cris tried go back to his school and his life again.

Almost for 3 years Cris couldn't sleep alone and always sleep with his parents because he felt like there was someone stow to his room.

On September 1996, Major Charles Schere from Coral Gables Corp told Cris that he already found the guy who shot him. Cris went to old folks home and met that guy, Cris became pity because that guy lived alone there and blind because glaucoma.

When he met Cris, he sorry for what he already done. Cris said that he already forgive him a long time ago. Cris always visited that guy and gave a family care to that guy until that guy died.

Valuable things that we can learn :
1. Cris can forgive that guy who already makes him blind because Cris know that Jesus can forgive him and why he can't forgive that guy.
2. Jesus' miracle is so amazing, how can a boy that is shot in his head can still life. Only miracle!
3. Jesus' plan is wonderful at Jesus' time. Just believe HIM!

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Michael Weisskopf

Michael Weisskopf (59 years old) is a journalist that have been working for 20 years at The Washington Post. In 1997, he is join at TIME magazine. One of the duty that he must take as a journalist is to make a report of US soldier in Iraq War on December 10, 2003.

This tragedy was happened when he was riding in the back of an open humvee along with TIME photographer James Nachtwey and two young soldiers, Private Orion Jenks and Private First Class Jim Beverly. No one of them realized there was something that was thrown away to their car, but Michael knew it. Michael rose halfway, leaned to the right, and cupped the object. He might as well have plucked volcanic lava from a crater. He could feel the flesh of my palm liquefying. Pain bolted up my arm like an electric current. In one fluid motion, I raised my right arm and started to throw the mass over the side of the vehicle, a short backhand toss. Then everything went dark.

After he was conscious, he shocked because he lost his right hand. That was make Michael so desperate. Fortunately, there was nurse that encouraged him and so proud of Michael because he already saved a lot of lives by threw away the bomb even it was injured himself, he was a hero.

To reduce Michael's trauma, he was sent to hospital in German that specialize to handle trauma. After that, Michael was sent to military hospital Ward 57 at Walter Reed, Washington. This hospital was specialize to take care soldier that lost part of his body. In this hospital, Michael saw and struggle with other patient pain. Not just physical pain but also depression.

From that Michael came up from his trauma and write his experience in to book. His book title is Blood Brothers : Among the Soldiers of Ward 57. His book is released on October 2006.

Because his brave, Michael Weisskopf has received the George Polk Award, Goldsmith Award for Investigative Reporting, National Headliners Award, Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism the U.S. Army's Fourth Estate Award and the Urbino Press Award 2007 (Italy).

"Life that not maximal is not because on what you don't have, but it is because you don't maximal what you have now"

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Warren Buffet

Warren Edward Buffett (born August 30, 1930, in Omaha, Nebraska) is an American investor, businessman and philanthropist. He is regarded as one of the world's greatest stock market investors, and is the largest shareholder and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. With an estimated net worth of around US$62 billion, he was ranked by Forbes as the richest person in the world as of March 5, 2008.

There was a one-hour interview on CNBC with Warren Buffet, the second richest man who has donated $31 billion to charity. Here are some very interesting aspects of his life:

  • He bought his first share at age 11 and he now regrets that he started too late!
  • He bought a small farm at age 14 with savings from delivering newspapers.
  • He still lives in the same small 3-bedroom house in mid-town Omaha, that he bought after he got married 50 years ago. He says that he has everything he needs in that house. His house does not have a wall or a fence.
  • He drives his own car everywhere and does not have a driver or security people around him.
  • He never travel by private jet, although he owns the world’s largest private jet company.
  • His company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns 63 companies. He writes only one letter each year to the CEOs of these companies, giving them goals for the year. He never holds meetings or calls them on a regular basis. He has given his CEO’s only two rules:
  • Rule number 1: do not lose any of your shareholder’s money.
  • Rule number 2: do not forget rule number 1.
  • He does not socialize with the high society crowd. His past time after he gets home is to make himself some pop corn and watch television.
  • Bill Gates, the world’s richest man met him for the first time only 5 years ago. Bill Gates did not think he had anything in common with Warren Buffet. So he had scheduled his meeting only for half hour. But when Gates met him, the meeting lasted for ten hours and Bill Gates became a devotee of Warren Buffet.
  • Warren Buffet does not carry a cell phone, nor has a computer on his desk.
  • His advice to young people: “Stay away from credit cards and invest in yourself and remember:
  • Money doesn’t create man but it is the man who created money.
  • Live your life as simple as you are.
  • Don’t do what others say, just listen to them, but do what you feel good.
  • Don’t go on brand name; just wear those things in which you feel comfortable.
  • Don’t waste your money on unnecessary things; just spend on them who really in need rather.
  • After all it’s your life then why give chance to others to rule our life.”
I like and very respect with Warren Buffet because he is smart and low profile eventough he is the richest person in the world. Nobody can be like him.

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