In the serenity of the afternoon stroll, I recalled these wise words: “In life pain is inevitable, but misery is optional.”
Text and pictures were flowing down my mail box minutes after the “Kuningan bomb.” Sad, of course… but I could utter no words. Blow after blow has hit the country… the most populous Moslem country in the world. The country that I believe can and will be the model of Moslem country in the world. Pain after pain has wounded its children… In the end we can hear this familiar question: when will all of these miseries end?
Yes, in life pain is inevitable…, like death it stands beside life itself. It usually comes at its best time not ours. Whether we choose to be in misery or not is up to us. Whether we want to see the country degenerated into the pariah of the world is also up to us. Its future is in your hands, and mine, and our children. Yes, in life there will be time when good will and good deed become the fighting weapons to seize the future for our children.
In life pain is inevitable…
There are kids who grow up in a crack-addicted-torn-apart family, learn no values in life, know no schools, yet capable to lift up themselves to the best of their abilities. She is Liz. She ate from dumpsters. She slept on the streets. From her earliest memories, Liz was the child of drug-addicted parents. Their choices forced her into a life of hunger and homelessness. Her mother died of AIDS when Liz was 16 years old and from then on, Liz lived every day with a purpose: to change her life. She slept and studied in a train. In just two years, she finished the equivalent of four years of high school, graduated at the top of her class and was accepted to Harvard. Liz said: “I realized that I was responsible for my own life. I knew so long as I was healthy and capable, I had to take action.” [as seen in Oprah]
World full of real examples of people who beat the odds. And, I believe many also come from Indonesia… in the remotest areas, among unfamiliar faces, from those who we hold dear in our heart. Probably many of you have done your share. Please continue to do so. “How you choose to respond to the difficult things that happen to you can mean the difference between a life of anger…or joy.”
then, yes, …misery is optional. Anger and hatred can rule over our lives only when we allow them to.