Well, well,… I’m reading all Suara Gea that I have with me *smile* I miss to be a geologist in the field. I miss the time when all I did was working by the river but never felt bad.
Those geologist who balanced a bamboo raft across rivers
and through swamps in searh of an outcrop;
traversed elephant trails in rain forested mountain;
knew dysentry, leeches, ticks, fungus and heat of malaria;
were aware of scorpion, viper and bush master on jungled slopes;
lost a camp in Andean avalanche;
fried egg on a desert rock;
quenched a thirst with sour camel milk,
and ate the eye of sheep in Bedowin camp;
read a Brunton through an unshaved beard;
spent months in jungle with the jivaroes of Equador,
the sakis of Malaysia, the Kurds of the Himalayas,
and bambutes of Equatorial Africa;
knew the cruelty of Sahara;
the frost bite of Greenland’s winds;
and the saronged of Bali;
and who never could balance an expense account.
In early days there were no four-wheel drives;
helicopters, air-conditioned trailers and motels –
only horses, camels, mules, bicycle, ox-carts, wagons, canoes, backpacks, and limited supplies.
Suara GEA, March 1988 edition
Mountains are today, yesterday, and forever
They have no likes or dislikes,
no opinions, but moods, yes,
Their moods chnage like the weather
They argue and quarrel,
loud with angry thunder
rivers of stinging tears
They hide their sulky heads in cloud
for days and days
Then suddenly, all smiles again,
one by one,
Their magic cliffs stand clear
and brave, above a sea of white wave,
under the light house of the sun
By: Ian Serralier (The Sun Goes On)
Suara GEA, January 1988 edition
How to Use Attitudes that help, not Hurt
The perception about yourself that you develop as you mature in this world show you that thee are good, solid attitudes you can put to work for yourself.
Useful attitudes include this:
CONFIDENCE that I can organize my day professionaly, assign priority to the work items, cope with the problems, so that they are solved, work out a plan to get the work done.
TOLERANCE of the daily stresses and conflicts, knowing that they are part of this life and will never go away unless I learn to live with them.
APPRECIATION of myself so that in a sense I am my own best friend, not my worst, and so that I can work to control my emotions because I don’t want to hurt myself.
DETERMINATION to be myself, to build the best character I can, to use that solid character to become a reliable decision maker who gets things done.
AGGRESSIVENESS in exerting myself to take advantage of every opportunity to advance myself toward an executive’s title.
SENSITIVITY to everyone and everything around me so that I’m alert, disciplined, and using my talents to the best of my ability.
DESIRE to banish my daily anxieties by identifying them as unreal emotions and to eliminate hostilities toward myself and others which, if allowed to remain, are almost always blown up beyond reality.
ENTHUSIASM which puts some pep into my everuday work routine so that each day is a bit different from the others in spite of the same confines, the same people, the similar problems.
CONVICTION that I am important, that I am doing an essential job with measurable results, that my bosses regard me as an accomplished person who is a self-starter, a doer, someone to bet on.
HAPPINESS that I’m alive, feeling well, have a job, have opportunities to move up, have experience, have a family and friends, some free time and wonderful motivations to become more successful in this complicated world.
ted the above from newsletter of PT. Caltex Pacific Indonesia when I did my co-op there.
Suara GEA, October 1988 edition
I’m still looking for the article that I sent to Kompas Daily Newspaper about an expedition to Kalimantan.