Syukur KepadaMu Tuhan

Paduan Suara Vox Angelorum โ€” 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 Tuhanโ€”meskipun tak bisa saling bertemu secara fisikโ€”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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Salam damai,

Gratitude Expressed

How can we be happy?

That is a profound question all of us ask deep down in our hearts. And good news is, gratitude has been found as a base for gratitude: to be happy, be grateful.

That seems to be the formula.

But how does it really work? The best way is to see it practiced. Gratitude expressed.

Following is a video from Soul Pancake on which some participants are asked to express their gratitude to the important person in their lives by making a phone call.

Experiment in Gratitude

The message is clear: gratitude definitely makes us happy.

Being honest and open to the blessings given to us every single day, being thankful to the kindness of others, and being humble to give back kind words and appreciation is the way to go.

Happiness… is in your gratitude.

Pace e Bene. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pelajaran dari Menulis Jurnal Rasa Syukur

Apa yang saya pelajari dari menulis jurnal rasa syukur (gratitude journal) sejauh ini?

Well, ada beberapa hal yang ternyata jauh lebih penting dari menulis jurnal itu sendiri:

#1. Perlu disadari bahwa bersyukur itu sendiri seharusnya merupakan aktivitas yang sungguh-sungguh dinikmati. Pola berpikir seperti ini pada akhirnya menjadikan menulis jurnal adalah sesuatu yang menyenangkan, dan jurnal bukanlah semacam “tugas tambahan” yang harus dituntaskan setiap hari. Not just another item on to-do list.

Pola berpikir seperti inilah yang perlu ditumbuhkan dalam diri kita saat memutuskan membuat sesuatu semacam jurnal rasa syukur. Menyadari hal ini membuat motivasi kita dalam menulis jurnal menjadi lebih tulus: bersyukur itu sendiri adalah sesuatu yang dilakukan karena kita memang seharusnya bersyukur. To be grateful is something all of us should do, even must do.

Sebagaimana telah saya tulis sebelumnya dalam Perihal Bersyukur, semua berkat yang tercurah bagi kita setiap hari datang secara cuma-cuma, tanpa ada partisipasi dari pihak kita sendiri, dan menuliskan dua atau tiga hal yang patut kita syukuri sepanjang hari adalah ungkapan kecil dari kita sebagai ciptaan: betapa kita dikasihi olehNya.

#2. Menulis jurnal rasa syukur melatih kita untuk mengakui dengan jujur. Mengakui bahwa angin sepoi-sepoi yang berhembus lembut di wajah kita saat ini terasa menyejukkan, mengakui bahwa bermain dan bercanda bersama anak pagi ini terasa sangat menyenangkan, mengakui bahwa hidup kita sendiri adalah anugerah dari Yang Kuasa. Saat itu semua diakui dengan jujur, saat itulah pintu rasa syukur terbuka bagi kita.

#3. Menulis jurnal rasa syukur secara rutin setiap hari tidak semudah yang dipikirkan. Easier said than done. Perlu diingat juga bahwa menulis setiap hari dengan motivasi yang salah tidak lebih baik dari menulis sesekali dengan kesadaran dan motivasi yang tulus. Saya percaya bahwa tulisan yang baik adalah tulisan yang tercurah dari hati, yang membuat kata-kata yang dirangkai menjadi susunan ajaib yang bisa “menyentuh” hati orang lain, sehingga menulis sesuatu yang bernilai baik – walau tidak setiap hari – jauh lebih penting dari sekadar memproduksi tulisan setiap hari. Good writing is something that speaks from the heart.

Gratitude Journal Day 7

Day 7
Date : April 30, 2019

“The essence of all beutiful art is gratitude.”

Friedrich Nietzche

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

I am grateful for an interesting quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, in which he says,

“Five great enemies to peace inhabit us: avarice, ambition, envy, anger and pride. If those enemies were to banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

In my own interpretation, to feel peace is to feel enough; that whatever we have right now, at this very moment, is enough. Our life is good. In this mental state, there should be no space for avarice, ambition, envy, anger and pride.

To put another quote on display, Maya Angelou once said,

“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”

Maya Angelou

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

Today I would love to read more good things and (maybe) try to write something on the blog. I am also looking forward to train my mind that this gratitude-journal-thing should be something sincere, that the main audience here is me. I am writing to myself, basically.

#3: My favorite memory of my father.

My father was a janitor for years at a private junior school. That’s how he supported our family. I always remember how tired he was doing his job every single day, and it is clearly reflected on his face. I also remember that every time he received his salary, he would come home bringing some extra food for us, usually grilled pork and soup. We were so happy for that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Being a father now supporting my own family, I can reflect on him. Every time problem arises at work, I can now recall just how hard it was for him to support our family, and compared to his struggles and difficulties, any problem that I have at work might be nothing, and it soon gives me a push to go on, to proceed and deal with the problems. And that is something I am so grateful for. ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s it for day 7. Have you been grateful today? ๐Ÿ™‚

Gratitude Journal Day 6

Day 6
Date : April 29, 2019

“When gratitude becomes an essential foundation in our lives, miracles start to appear everywhere.”

Emmanuel Dalgher

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

I am grateful that today we have additional 2 manpowers at the biogas plant I am working in: an electrician and a chemical engineer. I am happy that we now have more heads and hands to solve things up.

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

I am going to grab one or two YouTube videos about street foods or travel destinations this evening, since Raphael and his mom like those kind of videos very much. It is joyful just to watch Raphael, particularly, watches the video seriously on the phone. ๐Ÿ™‚

#3: My biggest accomplishment in professional life.

Being involved in a small team that contributes value to an entire community is something to be proud of. A team of three that I am having is a great team, each having strong will to progress and master what they’re doing. I am happy for the great results we have accomplished as a team so far, and the chance to work with these 3 guys is really a chance I would miss later in life.

That is my 3 things for gratitude journal for the sixth day.

Have you been grateful today? ๐Ÿ˜‰