Pandemi dan Rasa Syukur

Lagi dan lagi, saya harus menekankan bahwa pandemi COVID-19 saat ini tampaknya benar-benar mengajarkan kita untuk bersyukur. Benar-benar bersyukur, tak hanya ucapan, tapi utamanya tindakan dan sikap. Laku hidup.

Seorang rekan kerja saya meninggal hari ini karena COVID-19.

Ketika mendengar berita seperti ini, terbayang kesedihan keluarga yang tentu sangat berat untuk dihadapi. Ada keluarga yang harus kehilangan kepala keluarganya hari ini. Ada anak yang kehilangan ayahnya, istri kehilangan suaminya, keluarga besar yang kehilangan bagian dari diri mereka.

Rasanya sesak di dada mendengar berita semacam ini, dan berharap semoga tidak ada lagi korban akibat COVID-19 ini.


Apa pesan dari peristiwa semacam ini?

Syukurilah hidupmu selagi nafas itu masih bisa kau hirup.

Tak ada seorang pun yang tahu kapan hidupnya akan berakhir.

Tak ada jaminan bahwa yang tua akan mendahului yang lebih muda.

Virus ini tak mengenal siapa kita. Dia akan menyerang saat kesempatan ada.

No mercy.

Jadi, sobat…

Syukurilah hidupmu. Banyaklah berdoa. Habiskanlah waktumu bersama keluarga di rumah sebaik mungkin. Nikmatilah hidup ini selagi bisa bersama keluarga di rumah.

Buang jauh-jauh segala amarah dan kebencianmu. Saat kematian tiba, tak ada gunanya itu semua.

Mohonkanlah selalu perlindungan dari Tuhan untuk keluargamu, untuk masyarakat sekitarmu, untuk Indonesia, dan untuk dunia. Kalau pandemi ini pada akhirnya berakhir nanti, dan engkau masih hidup untuk menikmatinya, hiduplah dengan lebih bijaksana, jangan lagi buang waktumu dengan hal-hal yang tak berguna.

Pandemi ini, sekali lagi, menyadarkan kita sesadar-sadarnya, bahwa hidup ini penuh kerapuhan. Raga yang tampak sehat dan bugar hari ini bisa berakhir mati esok. Karir yang tampak sukses gemilang hari ini bisa tak berarti apa-apa esok. Senyum yang bisa terkembang hari ini bisa jadi menjadi bisu esok.

Kita tak abadi, kita akan dan pasti mati.

Akan ada saatnya hari yang kita jalani adalah hari terakhir. Hidup saat ini adalah anugerah.

Live as if today is your last day.

Salam,

Paulinus Pandiangan

Gratitude Notes

The following is my gratitude notes for 15 July 2021. I first wrote this on my phone, but I later think that I should post it here too.

So, here it comes: 5-things I am grateful for:

  1. My health. I am so grateful that during this pandemic I am still healthy. So many people got infected with COVID-19, many lost their loved ones and family members. Being healthy during this crisis time is a true gift.
  2. My family well-being. Knowing that my parents, my sisters and their families, my wife and my sons in good condition makes me so grateful. I am so blessed. This comes from God directly.
  3. My job. Still having a job this time is a real blessing. I am among the lucky ones who still have a job. Many people around the world suffered from this pandemic; many lost their jobs as a consequence of COVID-19. Many got their businesses closed too. I am so lucky to still have an income to provide the needs of my family.
  4. My kids. I am so grateful that God bless our family by giving us wonderful kids: Donatus Gregorius Pandiangan and Rafael Pandiangan. Right now, my wife is being pregnant, so our third kid is coming! What a blessing! 🤩
  5. My parents. I am so blessed that both my parents are still alive and healthy, and that I could support them financially. Many of my schoolmates have lost one or both of their parents. Having both of them healthy makes me so thankful to God, The One who is behind all the blessings in our family.

Those are the five things I am most grateful about. There are many more to be grateful about, for sure. The weather I am having now, for instance, and all the little things that support my life and my well-being today.

If you’re reading this, be convinced that your life is precious too. It’s a gift from God, like, really. Thank Him for all the gifts and blessings in your life.

Regards,

Paulinus Pandiangan

Cara Bersyukur

Gratitude turns what we have into enough.

Anonymous

Selain kemampuan untuk menerima penderitaan sebagai bagian dari perjalanan kehidupan, saya pikir kemampuan bersyukur juga merupakan sebuah skill yang perlu terus dilatih, terlebih di tengah situasi pandemi yang melanda saat ini.

Bersyukur bisa diartikan memilih untuk mengapresiasi apa yang sudah ada ketimbang apa yang (dirasa) masih kurang. Tentu akan ditemui kesulitan dalam menerapkan ini, karena pikiran kita biasanya cenderung lebih cepat melihat apa yang kurang. Tetapi kemampuan ini sebenarnya bisa dilatih dengan cara-cara berikut.

LANJUTKAN MEMBACA …

Gratitude Journal Day 1

So, here’s the thing.

I have been reading the first two chapters of The 90-Day Gratitude Journal written beautifully by S. J. Scott and Barrie Davenport, and somehow it inspires me to start journalling gratitude. Not only can I learn to appreciate the good things in my everyday life, but can also reap the benefits of being grateful, physically and psychologically.

According to an article in the Harvard Healthy Newsletter, as cited on the book itself,

“Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”

With that finding in mind, I can’t wait to start journalling right away, and here’s my day 1. Basically I’m just following the format available on the book, from day 1 to day 90.


“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”

Tony Robbins

#1: What is one thing I am grateful for today and why.

I am grateful for the time I spent playing with my son this evening, because holding him in my arms and kissing him over and over again is such a precious moment that I wouldn’t replace with anything. I am so blessed God given me a healthy and handsome child.

#2: What I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

I am looking forward to brew a cup of coffee using my small french press tomorrow morning and share it with my family. We always did. Well, not always, but most of the time. Everybody gets a sip or two, but we are happy. That single cup is always enough.

#3: A popular song that I enjoy and why.

It is an old song titled “Thanks to You” by Richard Marx, a tribute to mothers. I can relate to the lyrics, and the line that I really adore is this, “… My love for you will live in my heart until eternity’s through…

The following is the song video complete with lyrics, thanks to YouTube.

Thanks to You by Richard Marx

Those are the three items for my gratitude journal day 1. What about you? Have you been grateful today?

Regards,

Paulinus Pandiangan