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Bus Pintar

Maaf kalau saya agak bodoh karena mengemudi sambil merekam video via HP saat di Jalan Tol Dalam Kota, Jakarta. Mengapa?

Karena saya gemas, geram setiap kali—tapi baru kali ini merekamnya—melihat truk atau bus yang mengambil atau lewat di lajur paling kanan saat di jalan tol, yang sebenarnya diperuntukkan ke mobil-mobil kecil. Apabila ada bus atau truk, tidak begitu bisa sigap mengantisipasi kejadian atau mobil-mobil yang berada di depannya karena badan truk atau bus yang besar itu menutupi. Seperti salah satunya bus pintar yang saya rekam di atas. Apalagi, "bus pintar" tersebut adalah milik lembaga pemerintahan.

Apakah mereka mempunyai privilese tertentu sebebas itu?

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Motherhood

I cannot sleep. For a while I sat here in bed with the lights off, and thought and prayed. I have a headache. It would be so easy to take a sleeping pill, but He knows I need sleep—and how much. And sometimes there are more important things. Like seeing the world outside flooded with moonlight and watching the last log in my fireplace flicker and die, the shadows of the ceiling beams leaping, as it were, in the fire-light. And knowing He is here.
I get snowed with my responsibility at times, and when I do, I fret. And as always it “tends only to evil” (Ps. 37:8 RSV). I get cross and take it out on the kids. Not deliberately. But I am worried about not being a better mother, and then I nag or scold when I should first instruct or correct.
Well, every time I start talking to the Lord about it, God keeps saying, love them. Which seems (or could seem) odd—because I love every ounce of them. But God means “show it.” Let them in on the fact. Enjoy them. You think they are the greatest—let the…

Sméagol

“The care of the soul is a matter of the highest importance; beyond anything which can be brought into comparison with it.” —George Whitefield

Tempo lalu saya menulis sedikit tentang Kichijiro, seorang tokoh dalam Silence yang sering jatuh dan bangun dalam hidupnya. Kemudian, baru-baru ini saya diingatkan tentang salah satu tokoh dalam The Lord of the Rings karya (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien. Tokoh tersebut adalah Gollum, atau disebut juga Sméagol.
Kalau Kichijiro kadang jatuh, kadang bangun, Sméagol kadang jahat, kadang baik.
Apakah kedua tokoh tersebut serupa? Saya tidak tahu, sebab saya tidak akan mengupasnya panjang lebar—tapi satu yang pasti, yaitu bahwa kalau Kichijiro, pada akhirnya benar-benar mau bertobat dan berubah, tidak mau jatuh bangun lagi dalam hidupnya.
Bagaimana dengan Gollum/Sméagol?
Mari kita kupas sejenak tentang dia.
Gollum merupakan salah satu jenis hobbit, makhluk fantasi karangan Tolkien. Ciri-cirinya pendek dan kotor karena agak memiliki semacam lendir di tubuhnya (…

Kichijiro

“Always question those who are certain of what they are saying.” —Elie Wiesel

Kebanyakan dari kita seperti Kichijiro. Salah satu tokoh dalam novel maupun film Silence.
Ataukah hanya saya yang mirip?
Mengapa saya menulis tentang Kichijiro jika saya saja sendiri masih seperti Kichijiro? Entahlah.
Saya memang belum pernah membaca langsung bukunya, namun dari filmnya kita bisa belajar tentang tokoh Kichijiro ini.
Kichijiro adalah seorang pemabuk sekaligus nelayan yang dimintai tolong dan ditawari untuk dapat pulang ke negara asalnya oleh Father Rodrigues dengan menjadi guide atau penunjuk jalan.
Tapi, sekalipun dia sudah diberi kesempatan untuk kembali ke negara asalnya dan mengabdi pada satu tujuan, yaitu menjadi guide, sepertinya Kichijiro sering kali berusaha mengkhianati. Sering kali jatuh-bangun. Entah demi uang. Demi menepis ketakutan. Demi menyelamatkan nyawanya sendiri. (Mungkin mirip figur Yudas Iskariot.)
Meskipun Kichijiro sering jatuh-bangun, ia selalu mau mengakui dosa-dosanya. Lalu…

The 3 Things I Was Afraid to Write About This Week (Or, How to Truly Live)

This week, I experienced writer’s block for the first time.

I sat down—multiple times—to write my weekly blog post, and I couldn’t bring myself to start typing. I panicked—multiple times—but then I decided to follow my own advice and take a breath or two.
A few breaths in, I realized, I did have words inside of me. Plenty of them. But the words inside of me were simply refusing to exit through my fingertips, as they usually do. There wasn’t an absence of words; there was an abundance of stubborn words.
No, not stubborn words, scared words.
For instance, I wanted to write a blog post about the month of March in our family, in which my son acted in his first community theater play and my wife ran for the school board and I published my first book. I wanted to write about how success is unrelated to ticket sales or book sales or vote counts. Success is about making our true self our lived self, regardless of who shows up to applaud.
But the truth is, my son’s show was sold out, my wife won he…

Penghubung

Kata-kata yang menghubungkan bagian-bagian kalimat sangat penting juga untuk mengetahui arti sebenarnya.
Lihat suatu kalimat yang sederhana. "Aku makan daging dan aku kuat sekali."
Dua fakta ini dapat berdiri sendiri. Sekarang "dan" akan diganti dengan kata penghubung yang lain.
"Aku makan daging oleh karena aku kuat sekali." "Aku makan daging ketika aku kuat sekali." "Aku makan daging supaya aku kuat sekali." "Aku makan daging walaupun aku kuat sekali."
Perhatikan betapa penting kata penghubung di dalam setiap kalimat.
—Alan D. Cox














Rest in Me

Rest in God by resting your mind one day a week. In this busy, fast-paced, technological society, we must learn to rest our minds. I try to rest my mind one day a week from social media, tweeting, Facebook, emailing, and even texting. I try to take a day off, just to rest.
When I started practicing this principle, about a year ago or so, trying to rest, and disconnect from social media, I found myself acting like an addict quitting cold turkey. I was frantic for my phone. I imagined someone was texting or emailing me and couldn’t get through. I wondered what universe-altering events I was missing on Facebook. Yet I discovered the world went on just fine without my constant, obsessive attention. I found out I wasn’t nearly as important as I had been thinking I was. People got along without me for twenty-four hours. And I returned rested and better able to help them.
—Herbert Cooper