on the way 9

Saat hendak mencari makan siang, saya mendapati kedai langganan tutup. Wajar sih karena ini bulan puasa, meskipun agak merepotkan bagi saya ketikahendak mencari makan siang. Ketika akhirnya menemukan kedai yang buka, saya berpikir sejenak.

Pemilik kedua kedai tersebut sama-sama orang muslim. Lantas, apakah kedai yang tutup di siang hari lebih baik daripada kedai yang tetap buka? Well, bukan hak saya untuk menjudge, I think. Saya hanya berpikir bahwa pemilik kedai yang pertama dengan segala pengetahuan agama nya memilih untuk menutup kedai nya di siang hari, mungkin untuk menghormati orang yang menjalankan ibadah puasa.

Sedangkan pemilik kedai yang kedua, saya rasa dia berpikir bahwa orang yang tidak berpuasa membutuhkan makan, oleh karena itu dia menyediakan makanan di saat orang kesulitan mencari makan karena banyak kedai yang tutup, seperti saya cotohnya hahahaha… Apakah yang dilakukannya salah? Saya rasa tidak juga, karena dia menghormati orang yang tidak berpuasa dan membantu mereka untuk mendapatkan makanan. Bukankah memberi makan orang yang membutuhkan adalah hal yang baik?

Atas dasar pemikiran tersebut, saya mengambil kesimpulan bahwa  kedua nya sama-sama baik. Soal rejeki, saya percaya Tuhan sudah mengatur rejeki masing-masing sehingga mereka yang tutup di bulan puasa pasti rejekinya tidak berkekurangan, demikian juga dengan mereka yang tetap buka di bulan puasa. Saya percaya semua yang dilakukan dengan niat baik akan membawa hasil yang baik juga.

Bagi saudara-saudara muslim, saya mengucapkan selamat menjalankan ibadah puasa…

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Gajah di pelupuk mata tidak terlihat, semut di seberang lautan nampak jelas

Saya yakin semua orang pernah mendengar peribahasa itu. Apa arti peribahasa itu? Kurang lebih artinya adalah kesalahan diri sendiri tidak terlihat, tetapi kesalahan orang lain terlihat jelas.

Namun ketika saya berpikir lebih dalam lagi, paribahasa itu bisa saja diartikan secara berbeda. Dalam kehidupan sehari-hari bukankah kita sering melakukan hal yang sama. Misalnya kita membuat perencanaan, memikirkan apa yang harus kita lakukan dalam 5 tahun mendatang untuk mencapai hal yang kita cita-citakan, tetapi lupa atau tidak memikirkan pekerjaan yang sedang kita kerjakan hari ini untuk dikumpulkan esok hari.

Tidak salah memang memiliki perencanaan yang matang. Saya juga orang yang selalu mempersiapkan dan memikirkan secara detail apa yang harus saya persiapkan jauh-jauh hari sebelum pelaksanannya. Namun, jika hal itu membuat kita mengabaikan hal-hal sederhana dan penting yang ada di sekitar kita hingga kemudian merugikan kita sendiri, bukankah hal itu tidak baik? Seringkali manusia lupa akan hal-hal kecil karena mereka biasa melakukannya dan lebih memilih untuk fokus pada hal-hal yang dianggap penting. Padahal hal-hal yang dianggap remeh pun sebenarnya tidak kalah pentingnya.

Contohnya adalah seseorang yang sedang mempersiapkan pernikahannya. Sebenarnya pernikahannya itu masih berlangsung tahun depan, tetapi dari sekarang orang itu sudah sibuk memikirkan hal ini dan itu. Apakah itu salah? Tentu saja tidak. Tetapi hal yang salah adalah ketika dia lupa melupakan haru ulang tahun kekasihnya yang jatuh pada minggu depan.

Contoh lain adalah saat terjadi bencana atau serangan terorisme di negara tetangga, semua orang sibuk memposting empati dan dukungan terhadap mereka yang menjadi korban. Bantuan secara materi pun dikirimkan ke sana. Akan tetapi, apakah orang-orang itu tahu dan memahami kesedihan yang dialami tetangganya yang sedang kehilangan sanak saudaranya? Ataukah mereka  peduli kepada kesulitan anak yatim yang tinggal beberapa blok dari rumah mereka karena anak itu terancam putus sekolah?

Jika hal yang demikian terjadi pada kita, maka sesungguhnya kita sama seperti peribahasa itu secara harafiah. Tidak mampu melihat apa yang ada di dekat kita. Sungguh menyedihkan, saya rasa. Oleh karena itu, marilah kita lebih memperhatikan kehidupan di sekitar kita, mulai dari hal-hal yang kecil, yang sederhana dan yang dapat kita lakukan, daripada memikirkan hal yang muluk-muluk dan tak terjangkau.

fun

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What do you think about fun? Maybe some people think that it is about doing something that we love to. It is fun when we are watching a movie. It is fun when we are going to the amusement park. It is fun when we are eating ice cream. It is fun when we are playing video games. But, what about the other activities are? Is it not fun when we are doing our daily activities, such as cooking, washing clothes, or sweeping  the floor?

Without we realized, we reduced fun as something that we thought we were interested and as the consequence, we lost our fun when we did something that we thought we weren’t interested. Let’s imagine chatting with a friend. Did it not fun? Of course it was fun, wasn’t it? We could refresh ourselves for a while and at the same time we could improve our relationship. Let’s imagine other thing, like having a walk in the morning, inhaling a morning air, listening the song of the birds. It was really fun.

You know, some people found that some things were fun while the others thought the same things were not fun at all. How could it happen? I thought that it was because the former group enjoyed the activities that they were doing and the later one didn’t enjoy it at all. When you didn’t enjoy something you were doing, you would have a grudge in your heart. It was not only stealing your fun but also making your work horrible.

Fun can be found anywhere as long as we open our heart to accept and enjoy our situation. It does not depend on our surrounding, but it depends on our heart and ourselves. Let’s have a fun time today.

love

What do you think love is? Why parents work hard every day if it is not for their children? They work from morning until evening because they want to get money for fulfilling their children’s needs. But do you think their children thought that they were loved? I don’t think so. So many cases about children from a wealthy family become naughty because they don’t feel that they are loved. Their parents are too busy with their work so they have no time to take care their children. As the consequence, their children think that their parents don’t love them.

It is a contradiction, isn’t it? if you asked the parents they would answer you that they love their children so much so they were willing to work hard to get their children a happy life. But, is it a happy life that their children want?

You see, love can be wrong. I mean it isn’t actually wrong, but what do you think it is a love, it could be not a love according to others. Why it happen? Because love can be describe as many things so that we have five love languages. It can be expressed as a thing, time, service, touch and word. In our former case, the parents show their love as service and thing. They work for getting money so they can buy gift for their children. But the children hope to get love from their parents as time. They want their parents teach them when they have difficult homework, watch them when they have a show in the school and read them a bedtime story.

Well, I have not become a parent yet, so I can’t describe the point of view of the parents, but as a child it is that I want. Maybe you are wonder why do I write about it. I just want to show that love is unique. We can’t judge the love that someone has according to our definition of love. Instead, broaden our understanding of love so that we can see the love that others show us.

What makes you precious?

What makes you precious?

Is it your best grade?

Is it your high salary?

Is it your luxurious home?

Or it is your large followers?

Don’t demean yourself. All of them are just numbers…

You are more precious than numbers…

No need to compare one to another…

Moreover, let the numbers decide our value…

Instead, our value is decided by The Great Creator …

He created each of us as a very special limited edition…

That is only one in this world…

Each of us is created to be a unique person…

We have our own superiority as well as inferiority…

No need to be shame because our different ability…

Just find and be yourself, then let it shines…

As everyone has their own shine star…

that makes us precious…

be saved…

Have you ever be saved from a terrible moment?

It was a day after my birthday, when the train that I always took for going home had an accident. Fortunately, I was not in the train. That day I took a different train to another city for attending my friend’s wedding. I decided that was after the wedding, I went home. I didn’t know what would happen if I took the usual train to home. Maybe I would be one of the victims. Then I realized it was the God’s hand protecting me.

Before it happened, I had a struggle when my birthday got near. One year had passed and my life was still same. The success that I dreamed before I turn this age had not yet been achieved. I got stress and complained for my life. I was afraid of my future. Would I have a bright future?

Then it happened, a train accident. I never thought that maybe the day after my birthday might be my last day. Thanks God, it wasn’t. The next day, I felt grateful for being able to open my eyes. A lot of bad things could happen, but the fact that I was alive made me realize that I still had another year to be filled with hope, work and love. I should not worry or afraid as long as He who created heaven and earth stood by me. I just need to believe.

I know it was silly, but I thought I should share it with you guys.