Thankful for books!

What are you thankful for today?

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I am thankful for books!! I have been an avid reader since I was a kid. I remember spending my recess time reading books in the library when I was in elementary school – of course I went to the library if I was bored fighting with the boys in the playground.

Many people say that books are the window to the world and I’d like to say amen to that! Through books I gain new perspectives, learn new things, and get exposed to different ideas outside of my little world. Reading books can be some kind of a recreation to me and it feels good to be able to read for pleasure.

Another quote says that with books you can travel the world without moving an inch. Yes, I agree with that. Even with books, you can go beyond time and space. Reading books allows you to learn about what happened in the past in a place far away from where you’re from. Reading books gives you an opportunity to broaden your horizon about how other cultures view things differently from the way you do. Reading books also helps you gain insight from what other people have experienced without you experiencing it yourself! Isn’t that wonderful? Books can offer you more than you know. Books can give you more opportunity than you know. I am thankful for books! I am thankful that God created people with a gift of writing so that they come up with more and more books every day.

What about you? What are you thankful for today? Don’t look too far, just look around. Maybe it is not a grand thing but just a simple little thing that you have taken for granted. Like books, maybe?

Have a great night!

-superriska

A lesson from a trip to Jakarta #1

What are you thankful for today?

I realized that it is a good question to ask every day. Sometimes, we are just too busy making a living that we forget the gift of living itself, to enjoy every step of the way. I think it is good to just pause for a few minutes every day just to think about the good things we are thankful for that day. There must be bad days but it does not mean that there is nothing to learn from them. It is all about our perspective and how we respond to things in our life. So, I made that decision to take some time every day to think and write about at least one thing that I am thankful for that day.

Yesterday I went to Jakarta to meet with my friend. She is leaving for Australia next week and we thought it was great to catch up before she departs. So, off I went. I took a train to go to Jakarta because it is cheap and it doesn’t have to get stuck in traffic jam for hours like riding on a taxi or a bus. I left at 2.30ish from Bogor station. The train was not too crowded and it was great. However, it was a different scene on the way back to Bogor from Jakarta. Pardon me for not being really familiar with the scene but this is what happened. I was waiting for the train to get back to Bogor at Cikini station in Jakarta and I realized it was a Tuesday, a working day. I said to myself, “Oh, it’s pretty fine. It’s not too crowded.” I saw a couple of trains passing by and only a couple of people were standing. It’s not too bad, I thought to myself. Until I saw the Bekasi train passed by, I was like, wow that was crowded and I was thankful I did not have to take the train. Then came the train to Bogor, which was the train that I had to take to get home. I could not believe my eyes. It was full but people kept going in. I jumped to the train and tried to hold on to a handle. The train made a few more stops and more people got in to the train. I was like, seriously guys, it’s already full, there’s no way more people can come in. I could barely see the floor of the train. I put on my earphones and listened to some music, trying to enjoy the crowd. Then more people got in and I was blown away with the craziness. I asked a lady next to me, she was trying her best to reach a handle to hold on, “Is it normal? Like this?” She answered as-a-matter-of-factly, “Oh yeah, it is very normal. It is like this every day.”

It was terrible to get stuck in a train full of strangers that day. I just can’t imagine doing that for every day of my life. But for these guys, they don’t have much choice. They have to do it or they don’t get to go to work. Even right now, as I am writing this in my cozy room, the same people are still going through the same thing they went through yesterday. That experience taught me to be more thankful for what I have. Life is tough at times, but we have to choose to see the bright sides and not only focus on the dark ones. I have been complaining about how hard my job is – difficult students, coworkers, situations – but I forget how convenient my life is. I have an apartment on campus for me to stay that I don’t have to commute to go to work every day. I even have somebody clean my apartment so I can get home to a nice clean apartment. Yes, there are hard difficult times to my job. But they don’t have to blind me from the fact that there are also things to be thankful for at the same time. I mean, isn’t there supposed to be challenges to help us grow? That experience that day helped me a lot to see the good things I have but I often take for granted.

Lessons are everywhere and we are lifelong learners if we choose to be one. I learned something from my trip to Jakarta that day and I will not forget the lesson that I learned. There is always something to be thankful for. What are you thankful for today?

-superriska

A fresh start – Welcome 2018!

Oscar Wilde once said, “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” I love the quote because it is a reminder that we are all humans, we both win and lose along the long way of life. Looking back to the year that has just passed, 2017, I have got many more things to work on and I am thankful that I still get to meet the new year 2018. I am still given a chance to experience more, to do better, and to be a better person.

This “renovated” website is my means of showing my gratitude for the opportunity given to me. This is a commitment to stay productive and I hope to keep it throughout the year and even years to come. I honestly miss writing and just simply sharing about simple little things that I get to encounter every day. I miss looking at the simple things and get fascinated by them. I miss walking slowly and enjoy every step of the way. I miss having pauses every once in a while just to digest on the lessons in the events of my life. I think I am just too busy making a living that I forget to live.

This is a fresh start both for me and this blog this year. I want to take a closer look at tiny little things and start writing about them again. I want to take some pause in my busy days to enjoy the gift of living.

Thank you, 2017. Welcome, 2018.

Happy new year, everyone! Have a great one!

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My best imperfect couple

I am kind of tired of having to say that it has been a long time since the last time I wrote. I have not been able to push myself enough to write daily and I will try to do it again. It has been an amazing journey with lots of stories, but I have not been able to write them down here in my blog for you to read. Now I have just too many stories that I am confused of choosing which one should go first. But let me share with you this one: my best imperfect couple of all time – my parents.

When I was younger, I used to think that my parents were the worst parents. They are not as educated as other parents, and they are not as wealthy as my friends’ parents. I did not like it when they always asked me to to the extra work to earn things in life. I used to question them and also myself, “Why aren’t you able to afford me those things I want like other parents are?” They always say that to earn things in life, you have to work hard. For an immature little girl, I hated that. I hated that I had to work harder than everybody else. They never spoil me, they always challenge me to find solutions when faced with problems. They let me struggle and make decisions, they let me suffer and experience the bitterness of failures. It took me years to finally be able to see the fruit of their teaching of hard work. They planted in me the seed of hard work and strength. All the hard stuff they let me through and swallow are the preparation of the real life. What they were trying to say is that life is not easy and never going to be. I am thankful now, all the lessons that I have been taught have made me strong today.

My parents never went to college. They only graduated from high school and they are definitely not as educated as many other parents are. I used to be so embarrassed when it comes to talking about my parents. I did not want to tell others that my parents never went to college and received higher education. But they are my great teachers. They never received any higher education, but they always tried their best to make sure I get all the best education I could get. They have always had high expectations on me, especially I am the firstborn in the family. I remember my daddy said to me when I was little: “If those wealthy kids are successful, it is normal. Because they have all the things they need to get it. Their parents are able to send them to the best schools and get the best education they could have. They have all the resources to succeed. But if you start from nothing and you become successful with all the limited resources that you have, that is something. You have to keep dreaming and reach your dreams.” That’s what keeps me going. They planted in me the seed of persistence and perseverance. All their sacrifice to make sure I received the best education has kept me moving to achieve nothing but the best.

My parents always believe in me. They believe in my potentials and they have faith that I can be successful in life. And another amazing thing about my parents is that their idea of success is unlike the mainstream. As many parents value success as making lots of money, they value it as something beyond typical. “Money is temporary and it will be used up anyway. Yes, you need money, but that should not be your main goal.” Daddy said. They have set an example of extending the goodness to others and focusing on something more eternal – touching people’s lives. They always encourage me to take the opportunity to share life with others because by sharing life with others, we can be even wealthier than the wealthiest person in the world. The small things that we shared with them will live in them as long as they live. That’s the riches that money cannot ever buy. They planted in me the seed of eternal values. Without realizing it, they have taught me to follow what the Lord said in Matthew 6:19, 19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”

Above all, they love and accept me for who I am. I do not need to be someone else in front of them. They know my weaknesses and love me anyway. I am blessed to have them as my parents — my best imperfect couple of all time. Through them I learned all the most important things in life, although I had to learn it the hard way. Thank you mommy and daddy for all the love and lessons you have taught me. I am who I am right now is because you have invested a lot in me. In your imperfections, you two are my best. Ever. 🙂

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I am thankful for my parents. How about you? I’d like to hear your stories, too! 🙂

Love,

–superriska