For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is “I didn’t get enough sleep.” The next one is “I don’t have enough time.” Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. We spend most of the hours and the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don’t have enough of. …Before we even sit up in bed, before our feet touch the floor, we’re already inadequate, already behind, already losing, already lacking something. And by the time we go to bed at night, our minds are racing with a litany of what we didn’t get, or didn’t get done, that day. We go to sleep burdened by those thoughts and wake up to that reverie of lack. …This internal condition of scarcity, this mind-set of scarcity, lives at the very heart of our jealousies, our greed, our prejudice, and our arguments with life.

– Lynne Twist

“When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability… To be alive is to be vulnerable.”

– Madeleine L’Engle

Our Story?

All this time, I’d thought that our story was just that: our story. But it turns out you had your own story, and I had mine. Our stories might have overlapped for a while–long enough that they even looked like the same story. But they were different.  And that made me realize this: everyone’s story is different, all the time. No one is ever really together, even if it looks for a while like they are.

from The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Nguping Bapaknya Bocah: Tips Menghadapi Protes Bocah

Suatu petang, saat si bapak dan ibu hendak keluar untuk makan malam bersama, Heva (kelas 1 SD) melancarkan protesnya..

Heva: “Lhoo kok yang diajak umi doang? Curaang…”
Bapaknya: “Nggak boleh protes. Umi ngelahirin kamu. Emang kamu ngelahirin umi?”
Heva: “……..”

Bisa juga diganti dengan, “Papa ngasih kamu uang saku. Emang kamu ngasih papa?” dan semacamnya.

Semoga berhasil.