@ Domino Pizza

Kali ini aku berniat menceritakan sedikit pengalamanku saat menikmati Pizza Domino, bukan bermaksud promosi sih, tapi memang aku kagum dengan konsep service yang mereka terapkan. Domino Pizza menerapkan konsep self service. Setelah memesan, pengunjung harus mengambil sendiri pesanannya di counter lalu membawanya ke meja yang tersedia, jika mereka berniat makan di tempat itu. Sama sekali tak ada waiter yang melayani kami. Mereka hanya berdiam di counter, sama sekali tak ada yang membersihkan meja atau memberi kami piring. Rasanya seperti dicuekin. Setelah selesai makan, kami pun wajib membersihkan makanan kami, termasuk juga mejayang kami pakai, dan membuang kotak-kotak pizza itu di tempat sampah yang telah disediakan, anyway tempat sampahnya besar juga sih.

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Well, aku cukup amaze dengan konsep itu. Paling tidak, konsep pelayanan mereka mengajarkan pengunjung untuk tidak hanya dilayani, tapi melayani diri sendiri dan bertanggung jawab terhadap makanannya. Biasanya kan orang yang datang ke restoran itu minta dilayani, dan setelah makan meninggalkan piring-piringnya di meja begitu saja.

Menurutku hal ini sebenarnya cukup simpel dan sederhana, tapi memiliki nilai pembelajaran yang dalam. Setidaknya buat aku, hal itu menampar aku, karena aku selalu memegang prinsip pembeli adalah raja =p

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Merry Christmas…

As little children we would dream of Christmas morn
Of all the gifts and toys we knew we’d find

But we never realized a baby born one blessed night
Gave us the greatest gift of our lives

When I was a kid, I love Christmas. Why? Because there were so many joy, holiday, gifts. I believe Christmas was the momen for we had fun. Celebrate something. I remembered my family made Christmas tree, decorated it with so many accecories. I used to make boxes and wrapped them with colorful paper and put them under the tree. There were so many beautiful memories. There was the story of Santa Claus that gave all kids in the world gifts. I used to believe it.

We are the reason that He gave His life
We were the reason that He suffered and died

To a world that was lost He gave all He could give
To show us the reason to live

Also, my family brought us for churching. I went to Christmas celebration at church, singing and playing with other kids, watching theater about Christ’s birth. But I actually didn’t know what Christmas was. I was told it was the Christ’s birth day. Ok I knew Christ was God, that was all. In spite of Christ, I was prefer Santa Claus and his gifts. At that time, I didn’t know what was the connection of Christmas, Christ and Santa Claus. I just knew it was the moment for fun. Later, I knew that there were so many stories behind it, but I still don’t know the connection among them. -.-“

As the years went by we learned more about gifts
The giving of ourselves and what that means
On a dark and cloudy day a man hung crying in the rain
All because of love
All because of love 

Time went fast and wen I got older, I knew that Christmas was not about fun, gifts and Santa Claus. It was about Christ. It was the momen when Lord show His grace for the sinful world. He that loves us, you and me, so He gave His Son to the world, for born as a human, a mere child that have a mission for redempt us. The goal of Christ has already determined even before He born as Joseph and Mary’s boy. Christmas is a present from Lord. Christ is a present for us the sinner.

We are the reason that He gave His life
We were the reason that He suffered and died

To a world that was lost He gave all He could give
To show us the reason to live

I learned that Christmas could not be apart with Passover. It’s truly near hand had a strong connection.  It was the Lord’s plan for saving us. It began with Christmas and took climax in Passover, when Christ gave His life for redempt our sin. Christmas was a moment when Lord once again interfered the story of this world by putting on His Son to the world. It was because of His love, because He loves us so much.

I finally found the reason for living
It’s in giving every part of my heart to Him (every, every part to Him)
In all that I do every word that I say (that I know, you know I’ll be saying)
I’ll be giving my all just for Him, for Him (everything for Him)

Nowdays, I feel Christmas is no difference with other days. I do know what is Christmas, but still I think it is only a celebration. I see so many people go to church for celebrate it, but I ask myself, do they know what Christmas is, do I know what am I celebrating? On this Christmas Lord tell me, Christmas is not about celebration, it is not about gifts or joy or Christmast tree. It is about me, it is about my heart. Lord sent Christ for me, and now is my heart already accepted Him?

And we are the reason that He gave His life
We are the reason that He suffered and died
To a world that was lost He gave all He could give (all that he could give all)(don’t you know that we are the reason)
To show us the reason to live

Honestly, I still close the door when He knocking. I let Him standing outside and I lock my heart. I don’t let Him pass. Ok maybe I gave Him some keys for opening certain rooms in my heart, but I actually keep some important keys for myself. This Christmas Lord rebuke me. I am not a kid anymore that Had fun for nothing or a teen that learned what Christmas was. I have already grown up. I suppose to bring my life for His glory.

He is our reason to live
(don’t you know do you know the reason
that he came, oh he came to save us
when he gave his life for us) he suffered and died
To a world (for a world that was lost He gave)that was lost He gave everything (everything that He had He gave)
To show us the reason to live

I chatted with my friend. We agreed that nowdays Christmas was no longer attracted like the older days. But it was not because we lost the sipirt of Christmas, but because we have already know what was it actually. Christmas was supposed to be celebrated everyday, not only on December 25th. Christmas was not about day or celebration but it was about our heart.

We are the reason that He gave His life
We were the reason that He suffered and died

To a world that was lost He gave all He could give
To show us the reason to live

Maybe this Christmas seems like other days, but the spirit of Holy Ghost always guide me. He uses this moment for renew me. Maybe it happened with you too. When you feel that Christmas is not attracted anymore and you lost the meaning of Christmas. Allow me to remind you, what Christmas is. It’s ok for not celebrating it like what we did when we were kids, but don’t let your heart lost the sipirit of Christmas. The spirit of God’s love.

Don’t know how I could thank Jesus for all that he done all..
He gave His life
He suffered and died for you

Merry Christmas everyone… Let this Christmas make us remeber the Lord’s grace and let us think again what we have done for living with grateful heart… Gb

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Asking 2

“Mom, I want ice cream!” A boy asks his mom, his left hand grabs his mom jacket and the other one points to the ice cream storage. His mother looks him for a moment, maybe she is thinking, but later she smiles and follow her son to take the ice cream.

Seeing it makes me smile too. What happened if the boy didn’t ask for ice cream? His mother will not buy him and he will not get it. I think it’s same with our prayer, when we ask something to God. It is true that God have already prepared the best for us, but I think it’s ok if we ask for something.

I remember when I was a kid, my mom always bought me clothes and she asked me wheter I liked them or not. There was a time when I asked for that clothe, my mom didn’t buy it, but there was another time when my mom buy the ones that I asked.

When God has prepared everything for us, it doesn’t mean He will not consider our will. Of course He will consider it too, don’t forget that God doesn’t create us to be a robot, but a human being that has mind, will, and heart. I think it doesn’t matter for asking Him to grant our wish, but wheter He will or not, it’a a different matter.

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On the way to Banyuwangi

Banyuwangi, 18 Des 13

Hari ini aku belajar banyak dari seorang supir angkot. Well, ceritanya aku sedang dalam perjalanan dinas ke Banyuwangi. Ketika turun dari stasiun, seorang sopir angkot menghampiri, poin pertama yang kupelajari adalah dia menjemput penumpang. Mungkin itu hal yang kelihatannya sederhana, tapi itu merupakan bentuk dari usahanya. Sepanjang jalan sopir itu menghampiri pintu-pintu kedatangan pelabuhan di sepanjang jalan. Tak jarang dia turun untuk membujuk calon penumpangnya.

Hal itu cukup menarik bagiku. Kenapa? Karena tak sedikit orang yang tidak mau berusaha, mereka cenderung menunggu tapi tidak melakukan apa-apa untuk mewujudkan kehendaknya. Hehehe, itu salah satu koreksi bagi diriku juga sih.

Selanjutnya sopir itu bercerita singkat tentang dirinya saat kami menunggu di depan pelabuhan. “Hidup itu harus sabar,” katanya singkat tapi meninggalkan kesan yang mendalam. Apalagi kata-kata itu terlontar dari seorang yang hidupnya tidak bisa dikatakan nyaman menurut ukuran kacamataku. Kulirik tumpukan uang yang ada di dasbor mobilnya. Ada beberapa lembar 2000 dan 5000 an. Aku tak bisa membayangkan berapa penghasilannya setiap harinya. Apalagi Banyuwangi itu kecil, tak banyak orang yang menggunakan jasa angkutan umum.

Sekali lagi aku dikoreksi oleh perkataan yang keluar dari mulutnya. Aku bukanlah orang yang mudah bersabar. Tali kesabaranku itu sangat pendek, mungkin tak sampai semeter panjangnya. Saat meghadapi situasi dan kondisi yang tak menyenangkan, aku biasanya mengomel, menggerutu, bahkan marah-marah.

“Kita harus bersyukur,” sekali lagi ucapannya bagai menumpahkan bara di atas hatiku. Memang sih aku menuliskan ‘Bersyukur selalu…’ di atas kertas yang kutempel di kamarku, tapi pada prakteknya… Aku lebih banyak protes kepada Tuhan daripada mengucapkan terima kasih.

Hari ini aku belajar sedikit lagi pelajaran kehidupan yang kudapatkan di kota kecil Banyuwangi, jika masih bisa dikatakan kota =P

Today note

Today I watched Kamen Rider Den O movie, well I know it was an old movie, but still I like it =p

I got that there was a time that we couldn’t undo our mistakes, but we can try to fix them, even they will not be same. I believe that is better istead of regreting and doing nothing.