In The End

Another beautiful song from Kodaline in June 2020 album, One Day at a Time. Feel free to enjoy the following lines while listening to the music, in case you may relate to one thing or two.

Kodaline — In The End
I was blinded by the power
Climbing up the ladder
Even pushed away my father
I was caught up in the rat race
Living in a dark place
Man, I wish I never bothered
[Chorus]
In the end, when all is said and done
In the end, we learn to overcome
In the end, we'll sing our final song
We forgive, we forget, and move on
I was standing there in silence
In a church somewhere in Ireland
It was there I was reminded
In the stakes that I corrected
And the people I affected
And the one's that I respected
[Chorus]
In the end, when all is said and done
In the end, we learn to overcome
In the end, we'll sing our final song
We forgive, we forget, and move on
And move on, and move on
We forgive, we forget, and move on

Such a calming and beautiful music, I think. It feels so good to me. How was your experience? Share below! 😉

With love,

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,

Sebuah Ucapan “Selamat Makan”

Sebuah ucapan “selamat makan” tak sesederhana bagaimana ia terdengar; sangat tergantung bagaimana konteksnya.

Ketika masih diberikan kesempatan untuk bersama orang-orang terkasih dalam hidupmu, sadarilah, bahwa itu sebuah kesempatan yang unik, yang tak akan mungkin terulang persis sama di waktu yang lain. Every single second matters.

Di tengah pandemi saat ini, kita disadarkan kembali makna kebersamaan itu: sebuah anugerah terindah dari Yang Kuasa.

Nikmatilah selagi bisa.

Karena kita tak akan pernah tahu sampai kapan kita bisa bersama. Akan ada waktunya kita untuk berpisah. Salah satu akan pergi. Yang kita punya hanyalah detik ini saat kita bersama. Nikmatilah.

Saving Grace

The following video is an official video of Kodaline’s Saving Grace, a song about how people experience the current pandemic. I found the video so touching. So far I could see that this corona virus pandemic strips away all the inessentials in our lives, showing us again what really matters in life.

Deep down in our hearts, we all crave for LOVE.

That’s the message I’ve got seeing this video. And addition to that, the lyrics is also so empowering. Here are the lines from Google:

When you're out in the open
And you're tired of hopin'
I'll be there in a moment
I'll be by your side
When you're scared and you're lonely
When there's no one to hold you
I just want you to know that
I'll be by your side
You keep me strong when I can't carry on
When you lose your feet
Fall down to your knees and your heart's about to break
I will be your saving grace
When your eyes can't see, take my eyes from me
When you're lost and losing faith
I will be your saving grace
Be my, be my, be my saving grace
Won't you be my, be my, be my saving grace
When my heart's getting older
And my body is breakin' down
In my head yeah I know that I'll be by your side
I don't know about the future
No one knows what the future holds
All I know is I know that I'm giving you my life
You keep me strong when I can't carry on
When you lose your feet
Fall down to your knees and your heart's about to break
I will be your saving grace
When your eyes can't see, take my eyes from me
When you're lost and losing faith
I will be your saving grace
Be my, be my, be my saving grace
Won't you be my, be my, be my saving grace
Won't you be my, be my, be my saving grace
Won't you... be my saving grace
You keep me strong when I can't carry on
Oh
When you lose your feet
Fall down to your knees and your heart's about to break
I will be your saving grace
When your eyes can't see, take my eyes from me
When you're lost and losing faith
I will be your saving grace
Be my, be my, be my saving grace
Won't you be my, be my, be my saving grace
Won't you be my, be my, be my saving grace
Won't you be my, be my, be my saving grace
Kodaline — Saving Grace

Even better, there is the virtual concert version! 🙂

Saving Grace Virtual Concert

Enjoy and be empowered! 🙂

All the best wishes,

Syukur KepadaMu Tuhan

Paduan Suara Vox Angelorum — Syukur KepadaMu Tuhan

Saya merasa sangat tersentuh dengan video klip paduan suara online ini. Selain karena lagunya yang sedari dulu memang saya sukai, saya tersentuh dengan semangat iman saudara-saudara seiman saya yang berusaha untuk tetap memuji nama Tuhan—meskipun tak bisa saling bertemu secara fisik—di tengah pandemi Corona saat ini.

Menyaksikan video ini seperti menyadarkanku kembali bahwa Tuhan selalu ada bersama kita sampai akhir waktu, dan syukur adalah hal terbaik yang dapat kita ungkapkan kepadaNya; sebab sebagaimana telah diingatkan Paus Fransiskus, bahwa krisis yang terjadi saat ini bukanlah hukuman dari Tuhan, bahwa krisis semacam ini pun dapat diubah Tuhan menjadi kebaikan bagi kita umat manusia.

Bersyukurlah untuk semua yang terbaik yang masih diberikanNya secara cuma-cuma bagi kita. 🙂

Salam damai,