Monday, June 13, 2005


Gw baru baca The Five People You Meet In Heaven karangan Mitch Albom. Buku ini terlalu bagus untuk dilewatkan. Isinya begitu banyak pelajaran yang terlalu penting untuk dilupakan. Supaya gak lupa gw coba salin beberapa kutipannya. Jika tertarik untuk membaca review-nya silakan dicek beberapa hari lagi di kanal Tamasya di blog ini juga.

The First Lesson

"That there are no random acts. That we are all connected. That you can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind."

The Blue Man held out his hand. "Fairness," he said, "does not govern life and death. If it did, no good person would ever die young."

"My funeral," the Blue Man said. "Look at the mourners. Some did not even know me well, yet they came. Why? Did you ever wonder? Why people gather when others die? Why people feel they should?

"It is because the human spirit knows, deep down, that all lives intersect. That death doesn't just take someone, it misses someone else, and in the small distance between being taken and being missed, lives are changed.

"You say you should have died instead of me. But during my time on earth, people died instead of me, too. It happens every day. When lightning strikes a minute after you are gone, or an airplane crashes that you might have been on. When your colleague falls ill and you do not. We think such things are random. But there is a balance to it all. One withers, another grows. Birth and death are part of a whole.

"Strangers," the Blue Man said, "are just family you have yet to come to know."

"No life is a waste," the Blue Man said. "The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone."

The Second Lesson

"Time," the Captain said, "is not what you think." He sat down next to Eddie. "Dying? Not the end of everything. We think it is. But what happens on earth is only the beginning."

"I figure it's like in the Bible, the Adam and Eve deal?" the Captain said. "Adam's first night on earth? When he lays down to sleep? He thinks it's all over, right? He doesn't know what sleep is. His eyes are closing and he thinks he's leaving this world, right?

"Only he isn't. He wakes up the next morning and he has a fresh new world to work with, but he has something else, too. He has his yesterday."

The Captain grinned. "The way I see it, that's what we're getting here, soldier. That's what heaven is. You get to make sense of your yesterdays."

"Sacrifice is a part of life. It's supposed to be. It's not something to regret. It's something to aspire to. Little sacrifices. Big sacrifices. A mother works so her son can go to school. A daughter moves home to take care of her sick father.

"That's the thing. Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you're not really losing it. You're just passing it on to someone else."

The Third Lesson

Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.

The Fourth Lesson

"Lost love is still love, Eddie. It takes a different form, that's all. You can't see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. But when those senses weaken, another heightens. Memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nurture it. You hold it. You dance with it.

"Life has to end," she said. "Love doesn't."

The Last Lesson

The secret of heaven: that each affects the other and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one.

Kalo dari filmnya ada juga beberapa kalimat penting yang bisa dikutip:

People stop sacrificing for one another, they lose what keeps them human.

Hate is a curved blade, and the harm that we do to others is also harm we do to ourselves.

In heaven, there is no judgment, but rather an opportunity to examine our lives-who we touched, the choices we made, and the consequences of those choices.

There is no fair in life and death. If it were, no good men would die young.

Buku ini memang penuh pelajaran berharga, akan sayang sekali jika tidak dicari dan dibaca. Pertanyaan gw sesudah membacanya. Kalau kita sudah memeriksa kehidupan kita, lantas apa yang akan kita lakukan di surga? Ah, tapi hidup kan panjang, pasti selalu ada banyak hal yang harus kita maknai, kita mengerti. Jadi ayo mulai dari sekarang.

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