Posted in Daily Pieces


Yang paling mengerikan bagi seorang penulis adalah
ketika suatu hari, engkau menyadari
bahwa kata-kata tak lagi sudi hinggap di jari-jemari
bahwa rima tak lagi mengalir dari dalam diri
dan hujan serta desiran angin terpandang selayaknya benda mati

Bahwa waktumu telah terhenti



Taipei, 5 Februari 2018

Posted in Interesting Things, Scattered Words

Curtain Call

In your mind’s eye, see yourself going to the funeral of a loved one.
Picture yourself driving to the funeral parlor or cemetery,
parking the car,
and getting out.

As you walk inside the building, you notice the flowers, the soft organ music.
You see faces of friends and family you pass along the way.
You feel the shared sorrow of losing, the joy of having known,
that radiates from the hearts of the people there.

As you walk down to the front of the room and look inside the casket,
you suddenly come face to face with yourself.

This is your funeral,
three years from today.

All these people have come to honor you,
to express feelings of love and appreciation for your life.

As you take a seat and wait for the funeral to begin, you look at the program in your hand.
There are to be four speakers.
The first is from your family, immediate and also extended–children, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents who have come from all over the country to attend.
The second speaker is one of your friends, someone who can give a sense of what you were as a person.
The third speaker is from your work or profession.
And the fourth is from your masjid or some community organization where you’ve been involved in service.

Now think deeply.
What would you like each of these speakers to say about you and your life?
What kind of husband, wife, father, or mother would you like their words to reflect?
What kind of son or daughter or cousin?
What kind of friend?
What kind of working associate?

What character would you like them to have seen in you?
What contributions, what achievements would you want them to remember?
Look at the people around you.

What difference would you like to have made in their lives?



Taken from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey with a little change

Posted in Books, Interesting Things

Book Review #18

Hi, there.
Long time no see. (*dusting off)
I know I’ve been saying this line a lot, but I seriously neglected this blog the last few months. So…do sorry.

Shall we catch up a little?

Happy Little Soul
Retno Hening Palupi

Before we start, let me ask you one thing.
Is there anyone reading it doesn’t know who Kirana is?

Yeah, right, I’m talking about that Kirana. That 3 years old bundle of joy and cuteness. I first know her, or more accurately her mother’s IG’s account, from my circle of friends. But a little glimpse into it and a few posts later, me, just like many other out there, was already mesmerized by her.

I was both excited and saddened when I first learned that her mother wrote a book intended to share about her upbringing and daily activities. I thought it would only be printed and distributed in Indonesia. But then I read that there’s an ebook version, too, so I checked Google Play Books and voila..there it is.

In all honesty, this is the very first book I ever buy in Google Play. I usually, uhuk, go for the free one. So, off we read.

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