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Difference

People say, “the older someone, the wiser they will be”.

In highschool, I used to live with the people that have visions, opinions, religion, native language, hobby, favorite book, and even religion that same as me. So, at that time, I lived happily and peacefully. And when I enter higher education, I realize something, life is not as simple as I think. There are many differences that I have never noticed before. When I used to talk about the teachings in my religion, now I can not go around discussing with all my friends. Because their religion is not only islam. They have various background, ethnic, native language, and so on. We can not impose each other’s will here. If we do that, There will be divisions among us. Learn to appreciate and understand difference because difference is necessity.

Banyuwangi, 28 Juli 2017

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Keep Writing

I don’t know when I start to write. Maybe it begins at junior high school when I know this phrase, “Dear diary”. Through that word I have a diary book. I write everything that have happened during all day on it, about my feeling, how I spent my time, my madness, and another.

As time goes by, I realize that writing is not only to express my feeling, bigger than that. Writting is for inspiring others. Inspiring others for good things is remarkable. Maybe you’re not a leader but you have a dream to make this world become a better place, you still can make your dream comes true. Write. You don’t have to scream in front of many people to express your opinion, just write and they will know it. Writing is spreading goodness if what you write is good things.

At first it is so hard. You don’t know what will you write. You don’t have any ideas. You don’t know how to arrange words become a good sentece. Your grammar is so bad. Your knowledge is limited. How if other people don’t like my writing. Never mind, just keep writing. Do you know baobabs? Before they grow so big, they start out by being little. So do you. Great writer never come up suddenly. They are faithful to the process. Because process can make them great.

If you find comment like “Why do you still writing even though it is bad?”. Don’t give up. As long as you want to inspire others, go ahead. You don’t know wheter your writing will make a change or not. Intend it for goodness, Insya Allah goodness will follow you.

“The best of people are those who are the most beneficial to people”. I am used to make this hadith be my encouragement for doing goodness. And spreading kindness to others is one of beneficial activities. If you are beneficial to others so that you are the best people on this world.

 

Banyuwangi, 05 Juli 2017 | 11 Syawal 1438 H

Education

Since childhood, I live in an area which access to education is limited. There’re some of my childmates have got married and they already have a baby. My friends who have a baby don’t graduate from junior high school. It’s because financial problem. They must sacrifice their education for their family. It’s easier for get ting married than getting education. Why does it happen? Well, because in my country, if we want to get education, we must sacrifice everything. You know, in here, education is just for some group that they have a lot of money. For us, education is expensive. And if we want to get that, we must give all of our efforts to get that. For my friends, if you have easy access to education, you must make use of this for getting knowledge well. You must study hard. Don’t be lazy. Don’t even give up. You must be successful, so you can help us to get good education. If we don’t have opportunity to deserve that, at least, our descent will have opportunity to study in school, even in college. 
Banyuwangi, 17 Juni 2017 | 22 Ramadhan 1438 H

The Kind of You is Determined by Your Friends

I have no idea. Right now, I just want to share about what I have read, friends. Yeah, they are who always around you whenever and wherever you are. They are is a place for you to share everything. They are who always support you when you are lazy, unmotivated, and when you feel bored. Those are the positive effect from friends. While the negative impacts from friends which I feel for so long are lead to me to something worse. For so long after thinking so hard, I assume that the kind of you in the future is determined by what kind of your friends are. So, if you wanna be a good person, please make a friendship with good one too. While if you wanna be a bad person, you will make a friendship with a bad one too. I think you can choose a kind of friendship which you want.

Because I’ll be a freshman in two months and I must live in hostel, I hope I’ll have a good friend that will accompany me to be a better person. Amin

Don’t Waste Your Food

All human being need food to life. Like what I have learned in my school, especially in Biology that people need glucose to succeed metabolism process in their body. Whitout metabolism our body can’t produce energy to do our activities like running, reading, studying, walking, and so on. Unfortunately, most of people around the world throw away their foof that is still good enough to eat whereas they can feed millions of other people.

Be honest, I often throw away my food. When I want to dawn for fasting, unfortunately  I am late to wake up so I eat my food in hurry and sometime I can’t eat all of my food because the time is limited so I throw away them. Sometimes I feel gulty to throw away my food because there is a lot of people in other world still can’t eat. As child I also thought by my mother that I may not throw away my food because they will cry if I do that.`

You know, food is a sustenance from Allah. So if we throw away food, it means we also refuse the sustenance from Allah too. You need to know, not every people get sustenance from Allah.

If you throw away your food, it means you are not grateful or other word, you are kufr.  “And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.’ ” (Surah Ibrahim : 7)

So, from now, let’s try to not throw away our food. Instead of throwing the food, you can give your extra food the other people that need your food. Therefore your food will not be in vain and you can also be rewarded by God.

So [Solomon] smiled, amused at her speech, and said, “My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to do righteousness of which You approve. And admit me by Your mercy into [the ranks of] Your righteous servants.” (Surah An-Naml : 19)

Laugh

Laugh.

verb [no obj.] make the spontaneous sounds and movements of the face and body that are the instinctive expressions of lively amusement and sometimes also of derision – oxford dictionary.

We all like to laugh. I mean, most of us do!

Some people said that laugh is good for our health, but laugh can also be harmful. There’s a phrase, saying that laughter is the best medicine. Talking of medicine, there are many medical studies which examine the benefits of laughter – it reduces stress, it’s good for your heart, things like that. But Professor Robin Ferner said that laughter has many negative effects like heart rhythm disturbance which had stopped their heart, fainting, burst gullets, dislocated their jaws or burst their lungs. Some of those sound quite nasty. I think they will not happen if we aren’t over laughing.

Surely, there are some benefits of laughing like you can lose your weight by laughing because you use enrgy when you laugh. You move your diaphragm, you expand your lungs. Laughing for quarter of an hour will burn up 40 kcal, and if you laugh all day you’d use up about 2,000 calories which is what most people consume in a day. And also laughing make people feel better, and it can reduce the chance of having a heart attack.

Moving on, I have two questions for you. First, Which Greek word means the study of laughter and its effect on the body? It’s gelotology-which comes from the Greek word, gelos which means laughter. Second, at what age do babies begin to laugh? The answer is at 3-6 months and they start to simel at 0-3 months.

Alright then.

We rarely laugh when we’re on our own. You know why? Because laughter is a social thing that we generally like to share with other people. Anyway, some researchers believe that the purpose of laughter is related to the way we bond with each other. And the more we laugh, the more we bond as a group.

So, if you wanna happy, let’s join in groups and share with others! Unfortunately, I didn’t spend lots of my time with my friends in groups. You know me, I’m sometime an introvert and ambivert so I spend most of my time in home with loneliness. When my classmate travell to somewhere, I didn’t join them. I just joined them one time. And finally, I feel regret not spend my high school time with them.

Your Appearance

Have you experienced when your friends say, “You’re not looking in great shape.”? Honestly, I often experience it. “You’re too thin, Risa! Come on, please eat a lot of food! Would you like be a living corpse?” I’m annoyed everytime I hear that. Yeah, I know that I’m thin. But I think I’m not too thin. I’m ideal. So, please don’t force me to eat too much! I hate it. Once more, everytime I work out, don’t ask me, ” Why do you work out? Your body has already been thin.” Oh, come on! This is my right. I have the right to decide to work out or not.

I’m asking you not to judge people according to the way they look. Appearance can fool you. Unfortunately, most of people still do that. Well, I admit I still often judge the people by their appearance, but I try to eliminate that although it’s difficult. Now, It’s not only people who make quick decisions about others based on their appearance, some animals do this too. Did you know peahens? That is a female peacock. During breeding season, they prefer male peacocks with lots of eyespots on their tail. Why’s that? Well. one theory is that a male peacock’s tail is a sign of his genes-part of the DNA in a cell that controls the physical development and behaviour of living creatures. It takes lots of energy to grow a big tail, and to carry it around, so only the strongest, healthiest males can afford to do this. By the way, this information has been exist on SIMAK UI 2016th test.

Based on research, the traits of men that attract women are a deep voice and a square jaw. Oh, come on, It doesn’t make sense. In my opinion, attractive man is a man who memorize 30 juz – Ya Allah, I hope I can have a hafidz husband -, has good attitude, knows Islam well, and can accompany me to the jannah. Amin.

Can you imagine that in the past men quite often to wear corsets? No, I can’t. Between 18th and 19th century, men quite often would wear corsets to enhance their physical appearance and display their status and rank. Sorry men, I don’t need your physical appearance. I just need your heart, your love.

But, come to think of it, the way we dress is still important. Just imagine a woman wearing not appropriate chlotes and a woman wearing good chlotes – I mean she wears hijab. Which one do you like? I’d like to say a woman wearing good chlotes of course. At lease, she knows Islam well than the other.

Well, sometimes we need to judge people by their appearance and sometimes we don’t need it. It depends on situations and the people whom we judge. I hope I can judge at a suitable time.

 

Banyuwangi, 03 Mei 2017

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Do you think for yourself?

Well, actually this is my first writting which I wrote in English.

Okay, on this article I’d like to write about Groupthink.

Have you felt uncomfortable disagreeing with other people when decide something? For example, when you and your friends on a meeting. Most of your friends order a cup of coffee and they offer you to buy it because they said that decaffeinated cofee – that’s coffee with the caffeine removed – was a good idea and healthier.  And you just agreed although you didn’t like it.  If your answer is yes, it means you have been influeced by your group. It’s groupthink. What is that? Groupthink refers to the type of bad decisions we make when we are in a group. Decisions that are contrary to – or against – what we really think.

A psychology experiment conducted in the 1950s showed that a lot of people submit to the will of the group. They do conformity behaviour. Conformity is a behaviour that is the same as the way most other people behave.

I realize when I am in a group, most of my decisions are influenced by my group decision. Group pressure can change a person’s opinion, of even obvious facts.

I have a question. If people are uncomfortable about supporting the wrong answer or do something they don’t like, why do they do it?

The answer is because even though they feel uncomfortable going along with – or agreeing with – something we don’t like or believe, we’re even more uncomfortable about disagreeing with the group.

If you have a will of steel – or strong determination – and you are in a group, somehow you will melt away in your group decision. And you just say, “I am such sheep.”

And also if you have social media like twitter, facebook, instagram, line and so on, your opinion will easily influenced by other people’s opinion. Social media encourages groupthink. Yes, there’s a real danger with the social networking service. Because when an opinion on twitter, instagram, line or others start to –trend-, it can take on a momentum- a force that keeps something going once it has started –  of its own, and people adopt it simply because it’s popular, not because they really believe it.

Because of that, you must filter someone who will be your friend or will be in your group so that your decision will you make not too bad.

Banyuwangi, 1 Mei 2017