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hidup bagaikan toples



seorang dosen memulai materi kuliah dengan meletakkan sebuah toples bening & besar diatas meja di depan semua mahasiswanya. lalu sang dosen mengisi penuh toples dengan bola tenis hingga tidak muat lagi, & bertanya, “sudah penuh?”. mahasiswa menjawab, “sudah penuh.”

lalu sang dosen memasukkan kelereng ke dalam toples yang mengisi sela² bola tenis hingga tidak muat lagi, & kembali bertanya, “sudah penuh?”. mahasiswa menjawab, “sudah penuh.”

kemudian sang dosen menambahkan pasir pantai ke dalam toples yang mengisi sela² bola tenis & kelereng sampai penuh. semua sepakat bahwa toples sudah penuh & tidak ada yang bisa dimasukkan lagi ke dalamnya.

namun sang dosen masih menuangkan secangkir kopi ke dalam toples tersebut. lalu sang dosen menjelaskan maknanya…

  • hidup kita kapasitasnya terbatas seperti toples. masing² dari kita berbeda ukuran toplesnya.
  • bola tenis adalah hal² besar dalam hidup kita, yaitu tanggung jawab terhadap TUHAN, orang tua, istri/suami, anak², serta makan, tempat tinggal & kesehatan.
  • kelereng adalah hal² yang penting seperti pekerjaan, kendaraan, sekolah anak, gelar sarjana dll.
  • pasir adalah hal² lain dalam hidup kita seperti olah raga, rekreasi, nonton film, model baju, model kendaraan, media sosial dll.
  • jika kita isi hidup kita dengan mendahulukan pasir hingga penuh, maka kelereng & bola tenis tidak akan bisa masuk. berarti, hidup kita hanya berisikan hal² kecil. hidup kita akan habis dengan rekreasi & hobi, sementara TUHAN & keluarga akan terabaikan.
  • jika kita isi dengan mendahulukan bola tenis, kelereng, pasir dst seperti tadi, maka hidup kita akan lengkap berisikan mulai dari hal² yang besar & penting hingga hal² yang menjadi pelengkap.

oleh sebab itu, kita harus mampu mengelola hidup secara cerdas & bijak. tahu menempatkan mana yang prioritas & mana yang jadi pelengkap. jika tidak, maka hidup bukan saja tidak lengkap bahkan bisa tidak berarti sama sekali.

lalu sang dosen bertanya, “ada yang mau bertanya?”. semua mahasiwa terdiam karena sangat mengerti apa inti pesan dalam pelajaran tadi. namun tiba² seorang mahasiswa bertanya, “apa arti secangkir air kopi yang dituangkan tadi?”.

sang dosen menjawab sebagai penutup kuliah, “sepenuh & sesibuk apapun hidup kita, jangan lupa masih bisa disempurnakan dengan bersilatuhrahmi sambil minum kopi… dengan tetangga, teman, sahabat. saling bertegur sapa, saling senyum bila berpapasan… betapa indahnya hidup ini…”.



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