Today’s Contemplation

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From: Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven

I don’t know how to describe this book perfectly, but for you who haven’t read it, i really recommend it. This book is great in its own way. So entertaining and give a new perspective of something daily in our life but maybe we just never realize about it. Though I know about it for so long time before, I’ve just read about it now. Blame the little time I have.

The story based on perception of someone (named the author) about heaven. And how he tell it is so simple yet deep. Just by telling us about an ordinary life that obviously fulfill with its meaning.

This is a story about a man named Eddie and it begins at the end, with Eddie dying in the sun. It might seem strange to start a story with an ending. But all endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.

The first people Eddie meet in heaven is the one who died instead of him. He teach him about different side of life. One event always seems to be different if we look it from other side, and life is the same. In life, there’s always a reason behind every event and all of it intertwined.

“Fairness,” he said, “does not govern life and death. If it did, no good person would ever die young.”

The second people Eddie meet teach him about sacrifice, a thing that suppose to be a part of life. Everyone sacrificing something and have someone that sacrifice something for them. Sometimes we just don’t know about it. Sometimes we know. Whether we like it or no, sacrifice is inevitable.

“That’s the thing. Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you’re not really losing it. You’re just passing it on to someone else.”

The third people tell Eddie about something he don’t know. Not everything we see looks the way as it seems. After he know about it he could finally release his anger and learn about forgiveness. Anger and hatred is something rotten that eaten our soul from inside. Despite attack the other, anger and hatred would only harm ourself.

Which was worse when left unexplained: a life, or a death?

The fourth people Eddie meet is the love of his life and the one who love him equally. In this life, each person always have one of the thing that we called by true love. Some people maybe won’t believe it, but love is the strongest thing that could make us stronger and destroy us in the same time. It’s devastating yet amazing.

“Lost love is still love, Eddie. It takes a different form, that’s all. You can’t see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. But when those senses weaken, another heightens. Memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nurture it. You hold it. You dance with it.”

The fifth people that Eddie meet is the little girl that tell him that his life is supposed to be there like that. Human always going through life always searching for their life purpose. Some understand it the way it is. Some accept it. Some regret it. But it is definitely our existence, it’s meant to be the way it is. It will make our life easier if we make peace with what inside our heart and live.

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And there is our heaven, the place where we could make peace with our life, cherish the way it is, and be happy with the one we love. Eddie need five people to teach him that after his death. I count myself lucky to learn from Eddie’s story. I haven’t find my heaven yet, and sure i haven’t there yet, but once in a while I always check whether I’m on the right track or not. And God always help to keep me on the right track. This story teach me that happiness, or heaven, can be find by our own hand. But this is only my own perspective from reading this book. Maybe it’s not exactly like that. Or maybe it is. I don’t know, really.  How about you? Where is your heaven? Have you found it yet?

…that each affects the other and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one.

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