Saturday, April 21, 2012

Mengubah Diri

"Bagaimana saya dapat mengubah diri?"
"Engkau adalah dirimu sendiri, maka engkau tidak akan bisa mengubah dirimu sendiri sebagaimana engkau pun tidak bisa pergi meninggalkan kakimu."
"Jadi, tidak ada yang dapat saya lakukan?"
"Engkau dapat memahami dan menerimanya."
"Bagaimana saya akan berubah jika saya menerima diri saya sendiri?"
"Bagaimana engkau akan berubah jika engkau tidak menerimanya? Apa yang tidak engkau terima, tidak engkau ubah; paling-paling engkau hanya bisa menekannya."

Berbasa-basi Sejenak 2 - Anthony de Mello


Hidup :
-Anthony De Mello-

Jika hidupmu terbentuk dari masa lalu (sikap dan reaksi), kamu tidak hidup
Jika hidupmu selalu mencemaskan masa depan, kamu tidak hidup

Hidup = saat ini, sekarang, present
Nikmati yang ada sekarang. Sadari bahwa diri kita ada di tempat ini, satt ini.

*sedikit renungan singkat tentang hidup dari buku Anthony de Mello, Jalan Menuju Tuhan.
Tertulis di buku harianku, 29 Desember 2011 yang lalu.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

When a Girl...

When a GIRL is quiet,
Millions of things are running in her mind

When a GIRL is not arguing,
She is thinking deeply

When a GIRL looks at u with eyes full of questions,
She is wondering how long you will be around

When a GIRL answers "i'm fine" after a few seconds,
She is not at all fine

When a GIRL stares at you,
She is wondering why you are lying

When a GIRL lays on your chest,
She is wishing for you to be hers forever

When a GIRL calls you everyday,
She is seeking for your attention

When a GIRL send u sms everyday,
She wants you to reply at least once

When a GIRL says I love you,
She means it

When a GIRL says that she can't live without you,
She has made up her mind that you are her future

When a GIRL says "i miss you",
No one in this world can miss you more than that.


It's worth reading it. Trust me :)

Professor : You are a Christian, aren’t you, son ?

Student : Yes, sir.
Professor: So, you believe in GOD ?
Student : Absolutely, sir.
Professor : Is GOD good ?
Student : Sure.
Professor: Is GOD all powerful ?
Student : Yes.
Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?

(Student was silent.)

Professor: You can’t answer, can you ? Let’s start again, young fella. Is GOD good?
Student : Yes.
Professor: Is satan good ?
Student : No.
Professor: Where does satan come from ?
Student : From … GOD …
Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Student : Yes.
Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?
Student : Yes.
Professor: So who created evil ?

(Student did not answer.)

Professor: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor: So, who created them ?

(Student had no answer.)

Professor: Science says you have 5 Senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen GOD?
Student : No, sir.
Professor: Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?
Student : No , sir.
Professor: Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?
Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.
Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?
Student : Yes.
Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.
Professor: Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.
Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Professor: Yes.
Student : And is there such a thing as cold?
Professor: Yes.
Student : No, sir. There isn’t.

(The lecture theater became very quiet with this turn of events.)

Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

(There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater.)

Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?
Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and its called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, well you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?
Professor: So what is the point you are making, young man ?
Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.
Professor: Flawed ? Can you explain how?
Student : Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You are viewing the concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.
Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?
Professor: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.
Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

(The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going.)

Student : Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor. Are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?

(The class was in uproar.)

Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?

(The class broke out into laughter. )

Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

(The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable.)

Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.
Student : That is it sir … Exactly ! The link between man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.


I believe you have enjoyed the conversation. And if so, you’ll probably want your friends / colleagues to enjoy the same, won’t you?
Forward this to increase their knowledge … or FAITH.

By the way, that student was EINSTEIN.


"Semakin dekat seseorang dalam mewujudkan takdirnya, semakin takdir itu menjadi alasan sejati keberadaannya." - Paulo Coelho, Sang Alkemis

Apa itu takdir? Percayakah kamu dengan takdir?

Takdir bukanlah sesuatu yang harus diterima begitu saja. Takdir adalah sesuatu yang harus dicapai, diwujudkan. Dengan usaha, bukan dengan pasrah. Mewujudkan takdir bukan dengan cara mudah, selalu ada halangan yang menghantam.

Santiago, anak gembala dalam cerita Sang Alkemis sedang dalam perjalanan mewujudkan takdirnya. Bukan hal mudah. Dia ingin ke Mesir. Dalam perjalanan ada yang mencuri hartanya, harus bekerja di toko kristal selama beberapa tahun, melakukan perjalanan melewati padang gurun yang panjang. Dia mengalami kesulitan. Ada keinginan untuk menyerah. Namun takdir yang membuatnya pantang untuk mundur. Dia terus maju semakin dekat dengan takdirnya.

(Aku belum selesai membaca buku ini, tapi aku terkesan dengan kisah perjalanan Santiago.)
Entah bagaimana hasilnya nanti, usaha Santiago membuatku teringat perjalanan hidupku. Bedanya, Santiago tahu takdirnya, aku belum tahu takdirku.

Sampai saat ini, aku belum mengerti dengan jelas apa yang ingin aku capai, yang ingin aku wujudkan. Aku belum mengerti apa takdirku. Jika sudah, pasti aku akan berusaha untuk mewujudkannya. Aku belum tahu alasan mengapa aku ada di sini. Seandainya sudah, aku akan menikmati setiap langkahku. Seperti Santiago.