Thursday, 18 June 2009

Sometimes you never know..



One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books.

I thought to myself, "Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd."

I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.

As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes.

My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him and as he crawled around looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye. As I handed him his glasses, I said, "Those guys are jerks. They really should get lives."

He looked at me and said, "Hey thanks!"

There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude.

I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived. As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before. He said he had gone to private school before now.

I would have never hung out with a private school kid before. We talked all the way home, and I carried some of his books. He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he wanted to play a little football with my friends. He said yes. We hung out all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him, and my friends thought the same of him.

Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again. I stopped him and said, "Boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!"

He just laughed and handed me half the books.

Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends. When we were seniors, we began to think about college. Kyle decided on Georgetown, and I was going to Duke.

I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never be a problem. He was going to be a doctor, and I was going for business on a football scholarship.

Kyle was valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the time about being a nerd. He had to prepare a speech for graduation.

I was so glad it wasn't me having to get up there and speak. Graduation day, I saw Kyle. He looked great. He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school. He filled out and actually looked good in glasses.

He had more dates than I had and all the girls loved him. Boy, sometimes I was jealous.

Today was one of those days. I could see that he was nervous about his speech. So, I smacked him on the back and said, "Hey, big guy, you'll be great!"

He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled.

"Thanks," he said.

As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began. "Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years. Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach... but mostly your friends. I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them. I am going to tell you a story."

I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the story of the first day we met. He had planned to kill himself over the weekend. He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his Mom wouldn't have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home.

He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile.

"Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable."

I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment.

I saw his Mom and dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile. Not until that moment did I realize it's depth.

Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person's life. For better or for worse.

God puts us all in each other's lives to impact one another in some way. Look for God in others.


Adakalanya tindakan kita yang sedikit itu memberikan impak dan kesan yang besar pada orang lain.. kadangkala perbuatan baik kita.. dipandang serong dah disalah erti oleh orang lain.. tapi tetaplah juga berbuat baik..

Dari Ummu Salamah Radhiyallahu'anha disebutkan Rasullulah Shallallahu'alaihi wasallam pernah bersabda:

Tidaklah seorang muslim yang ditimpa sebuah musibah lalu dia mengucapkan "innalilahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un (Sesungguhnya kami milik Allah dan kepadaNyalah kami kembali) dan berdoa: " Ya Allah berilah aku ganjaran dari musibah yang menimpaku dan gantikan bagiku sesuatu yang lebih baik darinya),melainkan Allah akan menggantikannya dengan sesuatu yang lebih baik daripada yang telah tiada.

Seorang Penyair berkata:

Sahabatku, demi Allah, tidak ada satu musibah pun
yang kekal dalam hidup ini
bagaimanapun beratnya
Jika suatu ketika ia menimpa
Janganlah anda merasa tak berdaya kerananya
Jangan pula banyak mengeluh
kerana ia pasti akan lenyap,
Betapa banyak orang terhormat
yang dulunya sering ditimpa musibah
namun ia tabah sampai musibah itu lenyap
dan meninggalkannya
Dan saat kesabaranku muncul dalam musibaha
maka musibah terasa ringan


Penyair lain berkata:

Hatiku terasa sedih saat menanggung derita
namun terkenang kesengsaraan bagiku
ada hikmahnya
Begitu banyak hari
yang diawali dengan kesusahan dan kesedihan
namun berakhir
dengan kesenangan dan kegembiraan
Aku tidak merasa berat
dengan kesusahan yang menimpaku
kerana aku yakin
akan ada jalan keluar di balik kesusahan


Petikan La-Tahzan




9 comments:

KAKTINY said...

salam iina..

I know how did Kyle's feel...
and my dearie friend... you are 'the friend'!!!...

"With one small gesture you can change a person's life."

thank you for "being there" for me... thank you... luv you...

julietchun said...

aku harap walaupun aku tak bagi komen yg membina pada n3 ko tapi sekurang-kurangnya aku buleh buat ko senyum bila membacanya. terpulanglah ko nk senyum ayam atau nak senyum kambing.

Mak Su said...

maksu lebih suka tak mahu masuk campur hal ehwal orang. biarlah dia asalkan tak mengganggu kita

iina said...

Tiny

sama2.. yup.. sometimes u never knows right what come around.. and what don't.. Insyallah.. may our friendship will last forever

Juliet

aku sentiasa tersenyum sebab kdg2 yang membina tuh xsemestinya terbina.. yang teruntuh pun aku ok jek.. aku senyum arnab jek

Maksu

ada beza dengan ambil tahu hal org dengan membantu org.. 2 perkara yang berbeza.. adakalanya kena juga ambil tahu terutama hal2 berkaitan kebajikan ;)

eiyda said...

iina..
tersentuh hati bila membaca entry ni..alangkah bertuahnya jika kita dikurniakan kawan sejati semacam kwn kyle tu..sentiasa mengucapkan kata2 semangat dan berada di sisi di saat kita memerlukan..

mashi said...

Ina,

Sebak juga aku dibuatnya. Aku setuju dengan moral of the story. Kadang2 kita buat sesuatu kecik aje dan tak sangka, ia akan merubah banyak benda ke arah yang lebih baik.

Thanks aa...

lupekanje said...

bila ditimpa derita...jgn anggap ianya derita...tpi, anggaplah ianya...coooobaaaannn...

Makanya, kita perlu kuat utk mengharunginya...
ianya satu cabaran, menguji ketabahan kita..
maka kita perlu meyakinkan diri kita, bahawa kita blh melepasinya ..
kerana tidak selamanya kita akan bahagia..
dan tidak selamanya kita akan dalam derita...
Jangan lupakan bahwa kita hamba Allah...
kerna andai kita terlalai, kita akan berterusan dalam derita di sana kelak.

faqir said...

semakin jauh kite 'berjalan'...semakin dekat kite denganNYA..semoga perjalanan itu menemukan kite dengan 'teman' yang membawa kite ke 'syurga'.amin

iina said...

eiyda

Kita juga boleh menjadi seorg sahabat yang baik.. yang penting niat kita yg ikhlas dan teruslah melakukan kebaikan

Mashi

yup sometimes we never knows.. kdg kita ingat benda2 tuh kecik jek.. tapi mana tahu dia ada impak dlm hidup seseorg.. cth buat kek pisng hehehehe.. aku saje2 letak resepi.. tup2 ko buat juga kek tuh 1st dlm hidup trus kena puji..hahahaha

Acik

yo cik.. hidup musti gembira kan cik.. yolah kdg2 kita raso gak sedih duka benci.. itu biasa.. tapi kita juga berhak memilih utk gembira ketawa suka.. :)

Faqir

Amin.. setiap perjalanan itu membina pengalaman dan mengukuhkah ukhuwah.. yg penting niat ikhlas.. kerana keikhlasan itu tidak boleh dilakonkan.. ;)

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