I’m Tzu Ching for The Last Time

31 Agustus 2017, aku menginjakkan kaki lagi di sebuah bangunan megah dengan atap bertingkat di bagian atasnya. Tiang-tiang luarnya yang diselimuti dengan batu-batu kecil terlihat tidak berubah sejak terakhir kali aku datang. Tiba di saat matahari sudah turun, bukan berarti kegiatan persiapannya ikut meredup pula. Kulihat hilir mudik panitia memastikan segala sesuatunya dapat berjalan dengan lancar. Teman-teman luar kota dan luar pulau pun mulai berdatangan mengisi ruangan demi ruangan untuk mempersiapkan diri mengikuti pelatihan (camp) keesokan harinya.

1 September 2017, kukenakan seragam biru muda sebagai tanda peserta untuk mengikuti pelatihan relawan mahasiswa Tzu Chi Indonesia (biasa disebut Tzu Ching). Sembari menunggu dimulainya camp pada tahun ini, dengan canggung aku berkenalan dengan teman-teman Jakarta yang baru datang dan tentunya teman-teman sekelompok. Tzu Ching Camp 2017 ini bertajuk I’m Tzu Ching yang akan diadakan selama 3 hari dan 2 malam.

Acara pada hari pertama diisi dengan bagaimana bersikap sebagai insan Tzu Ching. Di pagi hari, kami diingatkan kembali dengan 10 sila Tzu Chi dan pada saat itu ditekankan bahwa sila dipatuhi bukan untuk membatasi diri sendiri namun untuk melindungi kebebasan diri sendiri dan menghormati kebebasan orang lain. Setelah materi 10 sila Tzu Chi, kami dibagi ke dalam kelompok untuk mempresentasikan bagaimana seharusnya insan Tzu Chi bertata krama, mulai dari berpenampilan, duduk, berjalan, makan hingga tidur. Mungkin terlihat amat kaku namun sekali lagi, tata krama di Tzu Chi diajarkan untuk menghormati diri sendiri serta orang lain. Di sela-sela materi, kami juga diajarkan mengenai hymne ajaran jing si (勤行颂 atau song of diligence) dan inilah salah satu hal yang menarik di Tzu Chi, ada nilai-nilai luhur Tzu Chi yang diajarkan melalui lagu dan isyarat tangan sehingga lebih mudah dipahami dan diserap.

Hari kedua diisi dengan materi 4 misi utama yang terdiri dari misi amal, misi kesehatan, misi pendidikan, dan misi budaya kemanusiaan. Dengan berbagai metode, materi-materi tersebut disampaikan, games, sharing pengalaman pribadi dan melalui praktik langsung.

Hari penutup diisi dengan pengalaman personal dari beberapa insan Tzu Ching yang telah ‘naik kelas’ ke abu putih logo. Dengan naik kelas, bukan berarti para alumni tidak terlibat lagi namun mendapat tanggung jawab yang lebih besar di Tzu Chi. Banyak yang masih membantu Tzu Ching dan bahkan seluruh lini panitia Tzu Ching Camp 2017 kali ini diisi oleh alumni Tzu Ching.

3 September 2017, seragam biru yang kukenakan akhirnya kulepas dan kuganti dengan pakaian sehari-hariku. Saat itu aku bertekad untuk mengemban tanggung jawab lebih. Ya, tanggung jawab lebih. Sebagai mahasiswa kerap kali kami diperhatikan oleh ayah dan ibu Tzu Chi kami, dan dapat dikatakan perhatian yang kami dapat yang selama ini merupakan salah satu alasan kami betah di Tzu Chi. Sudah lebih dari 4 tahun aku bergabung dengan Tzu Chi dan banyak hal aku pelajari selama ini. Kini saatnya aku mulai belajar bagaimana menurunkan hal-hal yang sudah kupelajari dan kupahami selama ini.

NB: Kilas Balik Tzu Ching Camp Kepengurusan 2017

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It failed again

 

It’s already noon and I just woke up. “Where am I?” I thought. There’s a small chair and an old desk in front of me. The chair lost one of its leg and the desk itself is perforated. Maybe there’s a lot of termites in it.

The window is huge and really ancient. I think it’s come from medieval era. An arc at the top with flat bottom frame. One thing that’s intrigues me that the curtains come in bright pink colour.

Ahh… I think my time machine just messed up with my mind again.

via Daily Prompt: Inhabit

It’s a Habit

“Why do you write in an upside down paper?”

A lot of our friends ask us a lot about that habit because it’s the one that seems obviously weird. At first, we explain why we do it and now it’s just a habit. If we traced it to the past, perhaps it is one of our turning point of being a freak. Not that freak but we’re not that normal though. The upside paper remind us to not follow the society just because ‘that is how they have done it’ and  it’s not breaking the rules.

Writing in an upside down paper taught us that it’s just a meaningless habit, isn’t it? Nope, it is some small habit but habit define who you are, habit define the way you live your life. Maybe it’s small but there’s a creature called butterfly which could make huge storm (we’re talking about butterfly effect). Slow and steady step is usually more important than a sprint. Usain Bolt won his third consecutive olympic 100 metre gold medal last year. Seems a huge achievement but do you know how much he train before he sprint in an Olympic race just for less than 10 seconds. As for us, our university college and our junior sees us as a genius but they don’t know how much book we’ve read and how many things that we’ve learned along the semester. It’s not how long that you’ve studied but it’s how long that you’ve learned, people usually study for the test and not learn it for the rest of their lives because they thought that it won’t be useful for them. They’re not really wrong but society nowadays are missing a point, learning is mainly about the process and good result is one of the side effect if you learn in a good way.

Let’s say you learn math and their hell of equation. Almost all of us could agree that we couldn’t apply it in the real life but then is learning math is useless? As you can guess, the answer is no. Why? Because learning math taught us to think logically.

Lastly, maybe it’s not related to the previous paragraph or whole of them but we want to say that none of your effort is really useless. Maybe it’s look meaningless but it will help you magically because you know life is a mystery.

via Daily Prompt: Meaningless

Hate it when it happens to me

“Hey, I’ve got some idea to write down and I think it’s a good thing to be brought up.” 57 words later. “Nah, that idea is often discussed and a lot of good writing are already out there. Why do you even bother?”

Have you ever feel that way? It’s nearly always happen to me. Sometimes I want to blame my confidence but that means I’m blaming others and not myself (I know it doesn’t makes sense but please bear with it.) And actually blaming myself won’t solve anything. So, what do I do? As a soon-to-be engineer, it’s my duty to find a solution for myself.

This blog is already 2 years old and not much post I write because that kind of block. Yeah, I’ve actually found the solution but I often forgot where do I put it. Luckily, I brought it with me this time…. Wait a minute, where do I put it just now? Insert your imagination here. Ah.. There you are. Meanwhile, I’m trying to read it what I’m going to tell you.

So, there’s a lot of reason why I don’t have the confidence about my own writing skill. One of the reason is because I’m not have my own writing style yet. It’s not consistent to be precise. The other reason is sometimes, I don’t know why I’m writing. When I read my early post, I said it to myself, I write to know myself and sometimes I write just because of other thing such as gaining follower, likes or views and it’s not completely wrong but I often write about what people likes or believes not what I likes or believes. I know it sounds like I’m egoist. I used word ‘I’ a lot though. And there’s reason that sometimes I don’t feel my post is good enough. Yeah, it’s almost equal with the previous reason but this is more about the comparison to the other. There is still 98 reasons why I do not believe in my own writing skill but let’s skip the rest because it’s not that important and I’m sure you wouldn’t want to read it.

First of all, to overcome that kind of block is surely having a confidence in your own writing style. Maybe the paragraph is disordered, maybe the vocabulary that used is still limited, or maybe you afraid that people didn’t understand and all of them are normal. Embracing it as your own style is he first step. Improving is the next and I suggest that you don’t switch it. Know your strength and weakness then you know what do you need to do to fix the weakness. Perfect is boring afterall so don’t be ashamed of your style. Some of us will like it.

Second, know your reason why you are writing. Not about the topic that you will write or how will you tell your story, but your reason why you are writing. Do you write just for fun? Do you write to argue? Do you write to inspire? Do you write to warn people? Anything would do but knowing it is important.

Third, it’s the easiest I guess is to believe some random guy will stumbled upon your story and he will like it. Maybe it’s not this year or next year and if you’re not that patient, you could increase your chance by increasing the amount of your post and read some tips how to get reader (re:fans).

And that’s all the tips that I got from the solution, maybe I will buy a new one because it’s a little outdated but I hope it helps you. Or maybe some comment about the tips will help me too.

Infinity and Beyond

buzz_lightyear

“To infinity and beyond..!!” Buzz Lightyear said. Easier said than done, doesn’t it? I believe everything is possible when we could imagine it.

3 and a half years ago, we graduated from high school. We barely know a thing and don’t even imagine we have a life purpose. We registered at some community service to fill up our vacation before we got in to college. No one recognise us at that time. We were a hardcore introvert or some people call it socially awkward.

Now, we’re achieved many things. Well, we’re not that overly achieved anything. It’s just unthinkable that we would reach this point at these days. Being a experienced moderator in some small event but still standing up in front of a lot of people need a lot guts, don’t you agree? Some of our friends thought we’re a friendly person and that’s a huge positive to think.

Until this point, maybe we sounded out of topic but here’s what we want to tell you. Infinity is overrated, infinity cannot be quantified and that’s why it is overrated. Being better than yourself in the past is easier. Then what infinity and beyond means? In our opinion, it’s talking about breaking the limits. Correct us if we’re wrong but infinity is usually associated with limit and beyond means beyond the limit, so Buzz Lightyear is actually telling us overcome our limit.

via Daily Prompt: Infinite

Do you agree? Tell us what do you think.

A Year is just a year

Don’t you find it amusing when new year got nothing to do with our life but we celebrate it like it’s someone’s birthday or maybe more than a birthday party though. We didn’t even celebrate earth’s birthday. Heck, we didn’t even know when she’s born scientifically.

New year symbolize start of new period time. Or well, you could say that the earth has successfully revolves around the sun once more. A new hope, a new momentum, a new resolution, renewed dream, renewed purpose and etc are often appeared during new year’s eve moment. We’re not saying that it is wrong. We’re not the one judging here. But, resolution, dream, or hope could be made anytime and you could start to achieve it anytime too.

“Wars come and go, but my soldiers stay eternal”

xXx: The Next Level

Of a million sentences out there, somehow this quotes make it to our head and pop out suddenly. We don’t know how it connected to a new year but let’s say people’s life don’t based on new year but on their birthday. Okay, you’re getting out of your track. We mean let’s say that wars are happening randomly with a random period and let’s pretend that wars in this context is our conflict in each of our life then my soldiers is our soul, it stays together with us.

Maybe the conflict itself didn’t need to be problem, it could our path to our success, or some random things severing our life. You could solve it anytime if you starting to solve it or you could working on your dreams anytime you want. Maybe not that literally but you could achieve your dream if you start it. No one knows you will get it but everyone knows you won’t reach your goals if you didn’t start it at all.

Anyway, Happy New Year. Should have start it with a happy mood in the new year, ain’t we? Do you start your new year with a positive attitude?

via Daily Prompt: Year