Save Me Last Place

Saya baru saja menemukan puisi yang menurut saya sangat indah, ditulis dengan kerendahan hati, dan benar-benar mengena. Penulisnya Eric Pearlman. Judulnya Save Me Last Place.

Berikut baris demi baris puisinya:

Keep the last place for me, God. 
The one that's not too pretentious, at the end of the table, closer to the waiters than to the guests of honor. 
Because I don't know how to be with important people. 
I don't know how to win. 
I'm not able to celebrate like others do. 

Keep the last place for me, God.
The one that no one wants. 
Far at the back of the rickety bus, transporting commuters of mercy every day from sin to forgiveness. 

Keep the last place for me, God. 
The one at the back of the line. 
I'll wait my turn and I won't complain if some bully cuts in front of me. 

Keep the last place for me, God. 
For me, it will be perfect because You'll be the one who chooses it. 
I'll feel comfortable and I won't have to be ashamed of all my errors. 
It will be my place. 
It will be the place for people like me. 
For those who arrive last, and almost always late, but who arrive no matter what. 

Keep that place for me, my God. 

Bagaimana kesanmu membaca puisi ini—dalam konteks hubungan pribadimu dengan Tuhan?

Berikut versi videonya yang dikemas rapi di channel Alateia:

Eric Pearlman — Save Me Last Place

Semoga Anda bisa merasakan sikap menghamba—yang sepatutnya rendah hati—yang ditampilkan sangat baik di puisi ini.

Semoga! ❤☺

The Tyranny of Merit

Michael Sandel — The Tyranny of Merit

There is always luck in someone’s success, and the belief of success due to one’s merit is flawed. That, I think, to be the point of what professor Michael Sandel talks about on this TED video.

God or … Worldly Offers

Pilihan: Tawaran Dunia atau Tuhan?

Ilustrasi di atas saya temukan dari Twitter Katolik Garis Lucu, @KatolikG. Sekilas, melihat jarak antar jerujinya yang cukup lapang, nampaknya ia bisa keluar dengan mudah dan mengambil roti, tanpa harus menggunakan batang kayu. Dan tentu tak butuh kunci untuk membuka pintunya.

Tapi, point-nya bukan itu.

Tuhan adalah kemerdekaan. Mengikatkan diri pada Tuhan justru akan membebaskan. Membebaskan dari apa? Dari keterikatan kita pada apa yang ditawarkan dunia.

Hal ini sebenarnya tampaknya cukup mudah dipahami, tetapi kita, termasuk saya, hampir selalu melakukan apa yang digambarkan tokoh dalam ilustrasi. Ilustrasi itu menggambarkan kita. Kitalah yang ada dalam gambar itu; yang selalu mengikatkan diri pada tawaran-tawaran dunia—dan yang lalu membuat kita terpenjara. Tak pernah ada yang cukup, karena selalu ada tawaran-tawaran baru yang lebih menarik, lebih menyilaukan mata, lebih mantap lagi kalau bisa dibeli, dicapai, dinikmati, ditunjukkan.

Kita selalu suka terlihat bagus. Hebat. Sukses. Dan sering sekali kita akhirnya mengidolakan semua kebesaran itu.

Sampai akhirnya… Dia yang justru adalah kunci kebahagiaan dan kemerdekaan kita ditinggalkan.

Paus Fransiskus pernah berkata, “Seseorang tidak bisa mengabdi kepada dua tuan. Anda tidak dapat mengabdi kepada Tuhan dan uang secara bersamaan“.

Uang tentu perlu dan berguna, tetapi menghambakan diri padanya—dan segala hal yang ditawarkan dunia ini—yang bisa lenyap dan habis tentu hanya akan membelenggu kita dalam siklus yang berbahaya, jika tidak dinikmati dalam rasa syukur pada Tuhan, Pembebas Sejati.

We can only be free in Him.

Banyak hal baik di dunia yang perlu kita nikmati dalam rasa syukur. Marilah kita cermat untuk tidak jatuh sebagai penghamba kenikmatan dunia.

Sounds good? 😉

A Little Reflection

During this coronavirus time, we are told to physically distance ourselves and to stay home. The world these days is not much like the prior time.

Some people say they have never once in their life experienced something like this. The effect of this pandemic is huge. Huge enough to force ourselves to distance ourselves one another and to shut down public facilities.

So what is the one simple message you can get during this crisis?

The essentials of life. God, human relationship, health, job, food, and shelter.

Image from https://www.goalcast.com/2017/05/17/10-benefits-of-knowing-your-purpose-in-life/

This coronavirus time reminds us that what really matters in life are those basic, fundamental things. The world has been so advanced and our attention has been so dispersed. We are busy with other non-essential things. We take those basic things for granted.

And this time is like a stop button for us. We are stopped from all distractions and it’s time to get back to the essentials.

All we need now is a good health, a job to make some money, food on the table available for today, and hopefully for the next days, roof above our head to shelter ourselves, and our relationship with our family members and friends, to whom we could communicate and share this crisis together, and our personal relationship with God, to whom we all surrender. In His wisdom our destiny is laid, and by His grace we would get through this.

Other than that? Most probably just some noise. Distraction. Non essential.

Those essentials are enough for a man to live on this earth. If you are healthy and you can make some money to buy some food and to shelter yourself, connected to family and friends, having a personal relationship with God, I think you are on the way to a decent life. And that’s all that matters.

So I wish you a good life even during this crisis. We hope this pandemic will be over soon. But anyway, keep doing good things. Stay sane and healthy. 🙂

With love,