C. S. Lewis on the Search for Meaning

In his 1980 book titled The Weight of Glory, C. S. Lewis writes,

The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself, they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have not visited.

C. S. Lewis

Think about that. For me, it speaks about The Creator, The One that His creations should lead us and worship to.

It is about God, The One in which meaning of our lives is found.

On Claire Wineland and Her Legacy

Remember the Five Feet Apart movie I’ve introduced on a previous post?

The story is inspired by Claire Wineland, an active and inspiring young woman with Cystic Fibrosis, who died at 21. Stella Grant, one of the main two characters in the movie represents Claire, an active CF patient who falls in love with Will Newman, another CF patient.

Claire Wineland

On the video above, you could see just how positive she is about her life. She is clearly suffering, but she is channeling her energy and time to all the beauty in her life, trying to help and even inspire lot more people, while she can.

She is also beautiful, very knowledgeable, so mature and wise beyond her age. It is kind of hard to believe that she is that young but so wise.

Personally I was really impressed to see her actively involved in political campaign, posting videos on her YouTube page, playing music, studying things, even inspire people through her speech, given CF in the picture. It’s definitely not easy to be her.

I am particularly inspired by a line of her expressed on the video:

“Death is inevitable, but living a life that we can be proud of, that is something we can actually control.”

Claire Wineland

Her real life story gets me to the question worth-considering in every single day of our life in this world:

What is it you are going to write in the minutes of your life?

Are you still going to waste your time sweating the little things? Or, are you going to put more focus on things that matter, like the quality of your relationships with loved ones?

Life is short. Too short to be spent chasing things that do not clearly contribute to your happiness. If this is another new day given to us, it is another day that should be meaningful, not just hours pass us by.

What is it that matter to you?

Feel it, enjoy it as much as you can and as long as you can, because we all know, there will be time for us all to die, a time when we couldn’t have it all anymore.

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Update: The following are some of her inspiring talks published on YouTube.

Claire on a TEDx when she was just 14!
Claire on another TEDx conference.
This is her talking to doctors! 🙂

Her YouTube Clairity Project (what a cool title!) is on this page.

Her YouTube channel is here.

She’s totally amazing, isn’t she?

For me she is an angel, such a beautiful gift from God, a mature and wise girl far beyond her age.

God sent her for us. 🙂

Good or Bad, Who Knows?

As cited from a book titled 31 Days to Happiness by David Jeremiah, page 173 – 174:

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During World War II, a man in Sussex, England, sent some money to the Scripture Gift Mission. He enclosed a letter saying that he longed to give more, but the harvest on his farm had been very disappointing because of a lack of water. He was also fearful because German bombs were being dropped in the area, and his family and farm were at risk. He asked the workers of Scripture Gift Mission to pray that no bombs would fall on his land.

Mr. Ashley Baker wrote back from the mission and said that while he did not feel led to pray that exact prayer, he had prayed that God’s will for their lives would prevail.

Shortly after, a huge German missile crashed down on the farm. None of the man’s family or live-stock was harmed, but the bombshell went so far into the ground that it liberated a submerged stream. The stream yielded enough water to irrigate the man’s farm as well as neighboring farms. The next year, due to a bountiful harvest, the man was able to send a large offering to the mission.

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The falling bomb might seem as a bad thing initially, but what happens next is definitely not.

The labels our mind puts on things happening in our lives are not what the things themselves often reveal in the end.

The labels are not the things themselves. What matters is what something reveals to us in the end. The end is better than the beginning.

So, good things or bad things, who really knows?

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What If…

What if life itself is wonderful and messy at the same time?

What if things happen not for any clear reason, or, no reason at all?

What if bad things (actually) happen to good people? Shouldn’t good things only happen to good people, and vice versa?

Well, it seems you don’t need reason for everything in life. Stuff happens, as many people say. They’re just beyond our control. Sometimes reality hits harder than what we’ve anticipated, and so what? We move on.

Kate Bowler on TED

Watching the video above, you don’t see Kate Bowler per se. Instead, you could see yourself, as one who is also struggling with deep questions of life.

What if Kate’s life is yours? How would you deal with it?

Life, in its philosophical view, is a journey with such questions.

31 Days to Happiness

Pernahkah Anda membaca sebuah buku berisikan pergumulan jiwa seseorang, dan Anda hampir seperti bisa menyatakan dengan pasti bahwa Anda pun mengalami pergumulan yang sama?

Well, tidak banyak buku yang bisa melakukan itu, apalagi kalau bukunya ditulis bukan dalam bahasa sehari-hari kita. Tetapi barangkali kita semua setuju bahwa menemukan makna hidup dan kebahagiaan sejati adalah pencarian kita semua. Semua ingin hidup bermakna dan merasakan kebahagiaan yang sejati, a meaningful life and lasting happiness.

Dan bagaimana kalau tokoh dalam buku itu, setelah pergumulan yang panjang dan tak mudah, pada akhirnya sampai pada Sumber Kebahagiaan Sejati?

Tentu saja buku itu cukup berharga untuk dibaca, bukan? 😉

Baiklah, sedikit intro.

Raja Salomo – yang sering disebut sebagai Guru atau Sang Pemikir – menuliskan buah-buah pikirannya dalam Kitab Pengkotbah (Ecclesiastes), salah satu Kitab berisi hikmat dalam ajaran Kristiani. Isinya adalah tentang pergumulan batin Salomo sendiri untuk menemukan makna kehidupan dan kebahagiaan sejati. Dengan tidak melibatkan Tuhan dalam keseluruhan rangkaian perjalanan hidup, hidup itu sendiri menurut Salomo hanya menjadi “kosong dan sia-sia”. Kekosongan (emptiness) yang dirasakan Salomo berusaha diisinya dengan kemewahan dunia, ilmu pengetahuan, kesenangan hidup, tetapi semuanya, pada akhirnya, tetap bukan merupakan jawaban yang tepat. Kekosongan itu tetap ada.

Pergumulan Raja Salomo dengan kehidupan untuk menemukan kebahagiaan sejati, sesuatu yang berusaha ia pahami dengan berkat kebijaksanaan yang diberikan Tuhan padanya, juga adalah pergumulan kita. Itu sebabnya membaca kisah Raja Salomo ini sama seperti kita membaca perjalanan diri kita sendiri.

Dalam buku 31 Days of Happiness yang ditulis dengan sangat indah oleh David Jeremiah ini, kita akan menemukan pesan-pesan yang merupakan buah-buah kebijaksanaan Raja Salomo sendiri.

Secara pribadi saya sangat merekomendasikan Anda membaca versi asli buku ini dalam bahasa Inggris, agar tidak kehilangan keindahannya. Menikmati rangkaian kata demi kata yang ditata dengan sangat apik dan berisikan tentang kebijaksanaan dan menjadikannya sebagai bagian perjalanan spiritual pribadi adalah suatu pengalaman yang tak ternilai.

Dan pesan saya, don’t rush it. Bacalah buku ini dengan tenang, satu bab saja tiap waktu. Yang terpenting adalah kita sungguh “melihat” diri kita sendiri dalam pergumulan-pergumulan Raja Salomo.

It’s basically seeing yourself through the book while experiencing the journey.

Buku ini pada dasarnya adalah tentang perjalanan spiritual kita sendiri; suatu perjalanan yang telah ditempuh Raja Salomo yang bijaksana, perjalanan yang membawanya kepada eksistensi Sumber Kebahagiaan Sejati.

Untuk saya, buku ini adalah suatu investasi penting dalam hidup. A book for life.

Anda dapat memproleh buku ini dalam format PDF dengan mengakses link di bawah ini:

Semoga bermanfaat untuk Anda dalam menjalani hidup, menemukan makna dan kebahagiaan sejati yang hanya berasal dariNya.

🙂