I sat quietly the other day before you. Just us two. We were having breakfast at the nearest McDonald’s. I know, not exactly the healthiest way to start the day, but that was how it was.
I didn’t know where I got that idea. Breakfast here with you. I have a million things to do, but somehow I decided to skip them all and asked you lightly whether you’d like to have breakfast. You immediately said yes. Hence there we were. Continue reading
Writing, much like any other aspects of life, is an expression of who we are. Hence we can actually treat writing as a training ground for us to be honest about what’s happening within.
I truly believe it and the other night was a beautiful reinforcement to this.
I attended a talk by the founder of an award-winning online social movement Coin a Chance, Hanny Kusumawati (aka @beradadisini). Hanny brought up a principle in writing that has also been crucial to me.
“There are many styles in writing, but really, there is only one way to write, and that is by being honest,” she said.
Sometimes I look at all those wise beautiful words posted on my Facebook timeline and I am touched. I get mesmerized by them.
Other times, I look at those words and I think, Continue reading
Aku teringat saat-saat tegur sapa kita lebih dari sekedar dua-tiga baris di perangkatku. Ketika apa kabar seakan senantiasa membuka pintu bagi muatan hati yang demikian sesak, menunggu tak sabar terbebas. Ketika sapaan bagaimana harimu menggelindingkan bola salju dari puncak gunung tinggi, bergulir membesar ke larut malam hingga rembulan pun mulai lelap.
Teringat. Memori. Yang kini tak lagi. Entah kenapa. Sedih, sebenarnya. Dan bingung, bertanya kepada diri salahku di mana. Aku merindu saat-saat itu. Karena–kau tak tahu ini–bola salju itu hanya tergulir oleh sapamu dan bukan yang lain. Tak perlu bertanya kenapa, percuma, aku pun tak tahu. Begitulah adanya. Karena pintu jarang sekali terbuka, hingga muatan hati pun sesak terbungkam dalam ruang terkunci.
Entah kenapa. Dan masih banyak entah kenapa yang lain.
Posting links on two videos and one article that I love to commemorate the Indonesia’s National Education Day.
The first is Ben Okri’s article on School of the Future:
The second is a TED talk: “Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity”
The third is An award-winning documentary Children Full of Life – lessons in compassion.