4 Ways to Find More Meaning in Life

Yesterday I found this articel in Time online magazine worth so much to share.

Here you go..

4 Ways to Find More Meaning in Life

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And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

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There’s never more saddening tale than this one, I guess. About love of family, above all the poverty and difficulties people may face.

‘Our actions will echo to eternity’, maybe is what this book want to show us. Above all the good and bad, as Rumi said, we could never judge other people without being on their shoes the whole life..

I couldn’t say more. This one is highly recommended  reading stuff. Rich and touching. This kind of book makes me love to read more, to be more emphatyc to others.

I have all Mr. Hosseini’s collection. I love His works very much!

Norwegian Wood By Haruki Murakami

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I just finished this one yesterday, and I must say that I admire Mr. Murakami even more now.

This story is simply smooth and deep, as the author’s best is digging feelings.

Toru Watanabe, main character in the story is told as an average young man who have only a few human contact with other people. He’s kind of tide up and strangely smart. I love how he speak and how he respond in conversation. He gives assuring feeling in his manner, that you can count on his words.

I had hard times finishing this book since I need to stop when part of suicide appear too frequently. With my psychological condition, this story is kind of disturbing. I need to calm myself up or refreshing  my ambiance before carry on reading. But it’s just my problem. Haha..

I’m not sure what to feel about this book. Somehow it seems like to have hope toward other people is a good thing. But people tend to let us down, to let us go. Worst, when they let life go. Just give up on everything, without thinking of people they leave behind.

Toru is the one left behind by Kizuki and Naoko after they suicide. It hit him hard as hell, that he seems to messed up pretty bad. However, he carry on living. He used to be other people’s best company. He’s sincere and easy going (too easy, maybe). By that, he also find the best company for himself. And that’s how he lives. Maybe that’s how life should be.

 

Sheila by Torey Hayden

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This book is one of many items I should have given back to my ex. This is his sister’s actually,  but it’s a different story.

I’ve read this book 3 times and haven’t got bored. Still cry over the story. This is a true story, by the way. A sad true story. What else could be better (or worst)?

Sheila, the little girl main character in this story was only 6 years old and had face the world more than most of people on earth. I don’t mean to say that most of other people is luckier, but hers was just too rough for a little girl.

The story told from the side of Torey, the writer, Sheila’s teacher.  She was a teacher for kids with special needs that could not join regular class. With great love for the children and her job, Torey doing her teaching, until she met Sheila.

Sheila and some of her classmates were damaged  from bad things they experienced, like assault, physical torture, sexual harrashment, lack of love, poorness. Sheila herself had all bad experiences above.  What made her survive was only defense system she built inside her. She stop talking.  How hard your heart is and how determined you could be to never open your mouth to talk? She really have broken heart  and high IQ.

As a person with so little patience, I would say that facing Sheila with her destructive behaviour is impossible, but not for Torey. She really put her love and compassion for this kid, while she also had to keep eye for other damaged kids in her class.

Still, nothing but love is more powerful in this world. That’s what this book try to show us. That love will heal both side, the receiver and the giver. None of it would ever be in vain. Torey brought back the real beautiful and bright Sheila and found her true self and true love of her life.

The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini

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Dengan mengangkat tokoh 2 anak lelaki afganistan di masa awal perang di afganistan, novel ini adalah sangat kaya akan pesan moral.

cerita ini diwarnai dengan bumbu perbedaan kasta yang masih berlaku disana, sopan santun ala bumi timur tengah yang sangat kental, serta kasih sayang yang berlimpah, skandal, maupun penebusan dosa.

aku menangis tiada henti atas tokoh Hassan, sang bocah yang sangat mencintai Amir, anak sang majikan. walaupun mereka berdua sebaya, namun Hassan, atas tempaan kemiskinan dan perendahan martabat yang dia alami karna status sosial orang tuanya, sangat dewasa di umurnya yang masih sangat belia. satu yang sangat aku kagumi, dia memiliki hati dan jiwa seluas samudra. rasanya kasih sayang dalam dirinya sangat berlimpah dan tiada habisnya. semua dia lakukan demi Amir, anak sang majikan.

dengan ending yang tidak diduga-duga, buku ini mengajarkanku banyak hal yang dengan cara yang sangat indah.

Charlie, Si Jenius Dungu By Daniel Keyes

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Novel fiksi terjemahan dari Flowers For Algernon ini cerdas.

Disajikan dalam bentuk kumpulan catatan kemajuan atau diary Charlie, seorang terbelakang berusia 32 tahun yang diubah menjadi seorang jenius. Terasa asli sekali..

Setiap detail hari dan kejadian membuat aku bisa merasakan perihnya kehidupan seorang charlie. Perkembangannya dari masih dungu, menjadi jenius, dan mengalami penurunan kapasitas otak lagi, sangat menarik untuk diresapi. ditambah bumbu-bumbu percintaan ala western, dan dunia ilmu psilkologi, sangat menarik!

Filosofi Kopi By Dee

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Kumpulan prosa modern karya Dewi Lestari yang cantik. Saya sangat  menikmati satu demi satu prosanya.

Gaya penulisan modern membuatnya lebih menarik, dan memaksa pembaca mengerti apa yang dilihat penulis dari berbagai sudut pandang. Terlihat jiwa penulis yang universal dan tidak fanatik pada satu sisi saja, sehingga menampakan dirinya yang cerdas dan modern.

Yang terpenting, banyak pelajaran hidup dan pemahaman karakter yang bagi saya, MENDIDIK.

ps: i love it’s cover!

Beautiful Malice By Rebecca James

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Cerita dan alur novel ini sebenarnya standar drama hollywood, namun yang membuat aku tertarik adalah sisi psikologi yang tidak bisa didapatkan dari sebuah film. Ya, buku memiliki cara berbeda menyampaikan dramanya.

Ceritanya tentang pembunuhan, kekejaman, dengan bumbu kehidupan high school, dan percintaan remaja.

Jerusalem-Kesucian, Konflik dan Pengadilan Akhir- By Trias Kuncahyono

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Karya seorang jurnalis ini mengungkapkan tentang sejarah, perjalanan perebutan kekuasaan di tanah ini, serta pandangan bebas sang penulis yang tidak memihak. Saya menilai buku ini sebagai sebuah kejujuran, karna mengungkapkan hal-hal yang menjadi fakta, dan tidak memberikan opini dengan maksud untuk membela salah satu pihak yang berkonflik disana.

Didalamnya juga terdapat peta (dulu, sekarang) dan foto-foto yang mendukung setiap tulisan penulis, sehingga kita bagai dihantar kesana dan mengamati bersama apa yang terjadi.

I never finish the book, tho. It’s hard to finish the non fiction book 😀

To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee

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I’ve read this book a long ago, but just bought the book. It’s a love story of human beings. To see the world from the eyes of a little girl is really beautiful. Less drama, less lie.

By this story, I was really brought back to my childhood. How every little thing is a beautiful detail that reminds me of my own happiness and sadness at past. For me, you might know that I love the Dad’s figure in this story. It’s so my dad. Not that He is an attorney, but His love.

The story written beutifully, not in any rush for the ending. Calmly revealing what the author wants us to understand, which at it’s era, is a big issue, race.

This book really change mylife. It makes me see the world from a completely different angle. To not judge. To try to understand others (still hard). To understand that all lives matter and noone’s more valuable than others. No matter what. That when you have more power than others in life, that’s your responsibility to use it to help them.

The title really sums up the whole story: to hurt a human, notably the weak one, is like to kill a mockingbird, a lovely, innocent creature. In short, a big sin!

For me, this is still the best book ever written. Thank you Ms. Lee!

 

Featured image credit to Sarah J. Coleman