as w i d e as the w o r l d

Dahulu kala, hiduplah seorang guru yang terkenal bijaksana. Pada suatu pagi, datanglah seorang pemuda dengan langkah lunglai dan rambut masai. Pemuda itu sepertinya tengah dirundung masalah. Tanpa membuang waktu, dia mengungkapkan keresahannya: impiannya gagal, karier, cinta, dan hidupnya tak pernah berakhir bahagia.
Long time ago, there’s a famous wise teacher. One morning, a young man came to him with a limp step and a tangled hair. He looked like had a problem. Without wasting any time, he told the teacher about his restlessness: fail dream, carrier, love, and his life never had a happy ending.
Sang Guru mendengarkannya dengan teliti dan seksama. Ia lalu mengambil segenggam garam dan meminta tamunya untuk mengambil segelas air. Dia taburkan garam itu ke dalam gelas, lalu dia aduk dengan sendok.
The teacher listened carefully. He took a handful of salt and asked that young man to took a glass of water. He putted that salt into that glass of water, then he stir it with the spoon.
“Coba minum ini, dan katakan bagaimana rasanya?” pinta Sang Guru. “Asin dan pahit, pahit sekali,” jawab pemuda itu, sembari meludah ke tanah. Sang Guru hanya tersenyum. Ia lalu mengajak tamunya berjalan ke tepi telaga di hutan dekat kediamannya. Kedua orang itu berjalan beriringan dalam kediaman. Sampailah mereka ke tepi telaga yang tenang itu. Sang Guru lalu menaburkan segenggam garam tadi ke dalam telaga. Dengan sebilah kayu, diaduknya air telaga, membuat gelombang dan riak kecil. Setelah air telaga tenang, ia pun berkata, “Coba, ambil air dari telaga ini, dan minumlah.” Saat tamu itu selesai meneguk air telaga, Sang Guru bertanya, “Bagaimana rasanya?” “Segar,” sahut pemuda itu.
“Drink, and tell me how it feels?” asked him. “Salty and bitter, very bitter,” said the young man, while spat on the ground. The teacher smiled. Then he invited the young man walked to the edge of the lake in a forest near his house. They walked in a silent. When they arrived, he putted a handful of salt into that lake. With a stick, he stir the lake and said, “Please drink some from this lake.” After that young man drink, he asked, “How is it?” “Fresh,” said that young man.
“Apakah kamu masih merasakan garam di dalam air itu?” tanya Sang Guru. “Tidak,” jawab si anak muda. Sang Guru menepuk-nepuk punggung si anak muda. Ia lalu mengajaknya duduk bersimpuh di tepi telaga. “Anak muda, dengarlah. Pahitnya kehidupan seumpama segenggam garam. Jumlah dan rasa pahit itu adalah sama, dan memang akan tetap sama. Tetapi, kepahitan yang kita rasakan, akan sangat tergantung dari wadah atau tempat yang kita pakai. Kepahitan itu, selalu berasal dari bagaimana cara kita meletakkan segalanya. Itu semua akan tergantung pada hati kita. Jadi, saat kamu merasakan kepahitan atau kegagalan dalam hidup, hanya ada satu hal yang boleh kamu lakukan: lapangkanlah dadamu untuk menerima semuanya. Luaskanlah hatimu untuk menampung setiap kepahitan itu. Luaskan cara pandang terhadap kehidupan. Kamu akan banyak belajar dari keluasan itu.”
“Do you still taste the salt of that water?” asked him. “No,” said that young man. He patted that young man’s shoulder and asked him to take a sit. “Young man, listen. The bitter of life is as a handful of salt. The number and taste is the same, and will always the same. But, the bitterness that we feel will depend on the place that we use.  The bitterness is always from how we put everything. It is depend on our heart. So, when you feel the bitterness or failure in your life, there’s only one thing you should do: relieve your heart to accept that. Expand your point of view about life. You will take many lesson from that.
“Hatimu anakku, adalah wadah itu. Batinmu adalah tempat kamu menampung segalanya. Jadi, jangan jadikan hatimu itu seperti gelas, buatlah hatimu seluas telaga yang mampu meredam setiap kepahitan. Hati yang seluas dunia!”
“Your heart is the place, my child. It is where you put everything on it. So, do not make your heart as a glass, but make it as a lake that can muffle every bitterness. A heart as wide as the world.”

~ Try to accept it and move on. ~

 

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