Friday, September 12, 2008

Lucifer oh Lucifer

Recently, I hear my friend was labeled as “Lucifer” by his ex-company chief board which he works with. I don’t know what the problem that make him had such label. It doesn’t make senses; he was one of the top managers in this company. What’s so awful on his manner that he was dubbed with that rude name? I don’t have any idea.

In this company, he has friend whom relied on. Other friend of mine told me that my friend—who had atrocious nickname—was betrayed by his “reliable” friend. I know him because I’ve met him in many events. Years ago, he is one of my friend’s staff—right hand staff. However, when vice president of marketing position was vacant, he persuaded my friend to takes this position although he had limited experience. Why he took this action? Because, he reached out for promotion. He zeroed in on my friend’s position which he held. My friend had been fooled and accepted to take that job.

Eventually, the disaster had come. My friend failed and he decided to resign from his job and the company. He planned to find another job that he can handled. The president of the company, however, tried to stop him; also the owner. But my friend has decided.

It turned out when my friend had an interview to his new job, the person that had been fooled him, join with my friend. I don’t know what his motivation was. May be he saw that his old job wasn’t prospective. Or, he saw he will fail on his job. And, in this interview, my friend was accepted but his companion was declined.

May be, that’s why my friend was labeled as “Lucifer”. He failed to take his unreliable friend to escape from his old job. May be he was bitter and provoked the chief board to hate my friend. Just may be. But, the label was mark on my friend.

By the way, now, my friend’s companion took his position, vice president of marketing in that company. How lucky he is.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

I’ve Watch Finding Nemo More Than 30 Times


My son, one and a half year’s old, very love to watch Finding Nemo. Almost everyday he wants to watch this VCD that the main character is a clownfish (an orange fish with three white vertical lines on his body). When my wife and I bought it two and a half years ago, we were not planning to choose spectacle for our future baby. We bought it because the bookstore has original VCD sale session. We found that this is a good animation movie—Finding Nemo won best picture for animation movie. It has good story with amazing picture.

We are blessed because when he can understand many shapes and objects in the picture, he fond to this movie that has deep ocean background. As he ask, “Iwak-wak.”—that’s mean “fish-fish” in Javanese language, it’s indicate that he want to watch this movie. For his age, he watch just fifteen minutes, maximally, sometime first disk, other time second disk. After fifteen, he watches casually if there are scenes that take his interest.

There are two advantages as he still adores to watching Finding Nemo. When the sun on zenith, very hot air outside and there aren’t kids on playground in front of our house, we are helped because my son didn’t ask to play outside. Other benefit, we easier to feeding him; he can quiet sit on the carpet and enjoy eating his lunch. How blessed we are.

Beside these two profits, anyway I go along to watch the movie; so I understand what the essential in the story. However, at least I’ve been watching Finding Nemo more than 30 times. My son refuses to watch alone as he decline to watch just with his mom. Third of us have to watch together, unless I go to work or out the town as I do now.

Finding Nemo’s main plot is very like to Saving Private Ryan. Certainly, they have the similar title. Their title consists of Verb + ing + Noun (in the form of person name). Finding Nemo narrate a father that looking for his son, then Saving Private Ryan put in the picture a special armed forces, led by an officer, that seek a private in the front of battle. The adventures of the journey in two movies are parallel. The main character in these movies has to face the big threat in the middle of their voyage. The journeys full of human interest topic—even Finding Nemo is a fable. Finding Nemo narrate the consciousness of a father that let his son go to grow up and Saving Private Ryan tell us how the main character, a military officer, find the true calling in his life .

So, what another thing that I can learn from Marlin dan Nemo? I was encouraged to faithfully to watching Finding Nemo even though I am awfully bored. I was remembered that I watch it on behalf of my loving to my son. As I accompany him, I see his mouth is quite open, it comforts me.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Bertetangga di Surga?



“Pengampunan berarti saat ada seorang ibu-ibu menyikutmu di metromini. Dan saat keesokan harinya kamu ketemu lagi dengannya di metromini yang sama dan duduk di sampingmu, kamu tetap memperlakukannya dengan ramah, tanpa merasa dongkol—seolah kejadian kemarin tidak pernah terjadi.” Dan itu tidak berhasil saya lakukan—Bayu.

Seorang direktur utama di suatu perusahaan penerbitan Kristen, di tengah kegembiraan karena berhasil membuat persekutuan karyawannya berjalan baik, berkata, “Kita semua di surga bakal bertetanggaan, ya.” Dan semua karyawan di situ mengaminkan, entah karena setuju dengan omongan si direktur, atau sekadar ABS.

Namun beberapa waktu kemudian, terjadi masalah dalam perusahaan itu yang menyebabkan salah satu karyawan-yang-diajak-bertetangga-di-surga-dengan-sang-direktur akhirnya dipecat. Lalu seandainya, benar-benar seandainya, karyawan yang dipecat itu akhirnya bertetangga dengan direktur di surga, apa yang terjadi di surga? Apa yang ada di benak si karyawan? Bagaimana ia harus bersikap kepada si direktur yang telah memecatnya saat di bumi?

Mungkin sebab mengerti suasana surga yang tidak enak jika diisi orang-orang yang saling kikuk karena masalah belum selesai saat di bumi, lalu Yesus mengucapkan, “Karena jikalau kamu mengampuni kesalahan orang, Bapamu yang di sorga akan mengampuni kamu juga. Tetapi jikalau kamu tidak mengampuni orang, Bapamu juga tidak akan mengampuni kesalahanmu” (Mat 6:14-15).

Atau entahlah… pengampunan lebih enak dibahas, dipelajari, ditelaah, didengar, dan semua orang senang menjadikan itu sebagai solusi ampuh untuk setiap masalah dalam hubungan antarmanusia. Sayangnya, di tataran praktik pengampunan tidak sedap dilakukan. Memberi cuma-cuma orang yang berutang kesalahan, dengan pemberian maaf; gratis tis-tis-tis, tanpa kompensasi apa pun—wajah tak ramah misalnya—sulit sekali. Semua orang menuntut keadilan saat disakiti, ringan atau berat—termasuk saya.

Namun kenyataannya, pengampunan adalah undang-undang warga kerajaan surga. Jadi setiap calon penghuni kerajaan surga wajib berlatih menjalankan undang-undang ini, tanpa kecuali. Termasuk saya, eh… terutama saya.

Supaya, saat saya berdoa, “… dan ampunilah kesalahan kami seperti kami juga mengampuni orang lain yang bersalah kepada kami..” bisa dengan mantap diucapkan. Lagian, jika ternyata saya mendapat kapling rumah di surga bertetangga dengan orang yang pernah bermasalah dengan saya di bumi, saya tetap menikmati hidup di surga.