Send me postcard

“I love postcards for sentimental reason.

Many things these days are satisfyingly instant. Thanks to technology, things like views and/or moments are easily captured, cropped, edited, filtered, tagged and sent to the world, all in less than five minutes – in fact, I know one who can do it in seconds.

While postcards, oh, they’re different! They’re one of the old-fashioned ways to share views and/or moments, but they first have to be sought, and then bought, and then written on and then stamped and sometimes, oh sometimes, mailboxes have to be found.

So then why put so much effort when technology can enable us to do something easier? That really is the point.

In this era of the “post” button, I think effort is beautiful and a lot more meaningful. And if you have people who are willing to make time and put some efforts for you like that, you better treasure them. For these very days, they are rarities.”

-Nadya Saib

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Want to be happy? Be grateful: Brother David Steindl-Rast at TEDGlobal 2013

TED Blog

David Steindl-Rast is a monk, and a composed, serene figure to wrap up the last session of TEDGlobal 2013. His theme, gratefulness, is also appropriate for the end of a long and intense week. After all, he points out, we all share the same essential goal: to be happy. And gratitude provides the key. “We all know people who have lots of misfortunes that we ourselves would not want to have, and they are deeply happy, they radiate happiness,” he says. Why are they like this? “Because they are grateful. It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”

So how exactly do we live gratefully? “By becoming aware that every moment is a ‘given moment,’ as we say,” Steindl-Rast explains. “It’s a gift. You haven’t earned it or brought it about. And you have no way of assuring there will be another moment given to you.”…

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Kematian dan Ketulusan Cinta

MARISSA ANITA

Kematian seorang teman. Tak dekat. Beberapa kali bertegur sapa. Namun hanya sekali bercengkarama. Ringan namun pribadi. Dalam dan mengesankan. Hari ini, sang teman, jurnalis Djafar Assegaf meninggalkan keluarganya, koleganya, dan sebuah kesan malam itu. Malam dimana ia bercerita tentang kisah hidupnya. Pernikahan dengan seorang wanita Eropa yang tak disukai ibunya.

Pada tiap orang, ada yang ia bagi, ada yang ia simpan untuk dirinya atau hanya untuk rekan yang mengerti dan mau mengerti rahasianya. Semua itu ia tuturkan dengan bahasa Indonesia dengan intonasi Belanda. Bunyi yang mengingatkan pada era perjuangan, era di mana bangsa mengerti nasionalisme yang internasional. Elegan.

Di antara matahari pulang dan bulan menjemput malam, hangat air mata tiba-tiba membelai pipi. Bagai ada dua jiwa dalam dada. Yang satu sesak karena kepergian seorang teman. Yang satu sesak karena sang teman yang telah pergi mengingatkanku pada kehidupan yang fana. Bahwa suatu hari ku kan terpisah dari mereka yang kucinta. Cepat atau…

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