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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Untitled - for Mama...



Mama… From where have you learned to wipe the tears?
From who did you learn to cast away the fears?

How did you teach yourself, to quietly endure the pain…
To hide in your heart, the cry, the hurt, the suffering and the complain..

Hear the wind, blows more through here to the skies of heaven,
It passes through the giant rocks, hear it roars this missing remedy even through the ocean.

From what this quite strength built up in your heart?
From where did you learn to always take a part?

This might surprises you, but I have grown to be  a highly qualified fisher-woman,
I caught lights of hopes that floats in this wide sea filled with desperation spread by the demon.

Never again shall I shed tears that represent sadness by this losing agony,
For I learned from you that by letting go I gain the power of dignity in between my bended knee.

From where should I start to sing this everlasting song of admiration?
From what should I carve these words of love and adoration?

And in between the running seasons, shall I keep on dancing in between the tunes of love…
The melody of hope that will never last, like the twinkling stars up on the sky above…

Thank you.. Mama…

Written somewhere in Jakarta, September 17th 2013
(a month away from your birthday, Ma... missing you have taught me the beauty of love and how I grateful for this opportunity to be your daughter, to be a part of your life, once… )

Monday, 5 August 2013

IN THE END...

It's quite funny when we are trying to be somebody for someone by the treatment of that person upon us. And it's amazing to know that the best treatments are able to be placed upon lies and other things beyond our comprehensions.

In the end, we have no one but ourselves to deal with the broken pieces. How do we actually feel? Well, that's a pretty classified thing for anyone to answer. No one actually able to answer to the question, and the more painful the occurrence, the more difficult for us to describe the feeling. And in my understanding, the more we have no power to explain, the bigger the forgiveness possibility for anyone to give. For raging heart always have reasons to tell the pain, while a sincere heart would ask again and again. Sincerely, we would questioned the intention that we cherish as a series of gift in our lives.

But then again, does it really matter anymore?
In the end, we will always have the strength to face the judgement released by those with no comprehension on what actually had happened.
In the end, all we need is the peace of mind, that every single person have the right to judge and say things according to their understanding.
In the end, dreams are pretty abstract to be authorized to be anyone's belonging, but then again, when dreams were shared and cherished, be grateful for the experience. In time when it has been taken away from us, possess the blissful feeling of how you had it once and it's belong to someone else now. Let heaven keep the records and the traces of what you have let go in a sincere way, and let the goodness of life come to you by letting go and embrace other new great new beginnings about to come.

So...
In the end, everything will align as long as we have the sincere heart to acknowledge that lessons aren't just ought to be understood, sometimes we need to believe more and more...

Have a pleasant start of the week to all...
Always, with love
Lisa Fransiska Sitompul
August 5th, 2013



Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Another "Once More"

The more that I know...
The more I cherish this ability to accept and believe...

The more that I know I can do something about it,
The more I choose to let things be and surrender, float beautifully to the speed of the wind of uncertainty...
Dance under the rain with roaring thunders as my beating drums and the lightings as the flashing decorations of my sky...

And the more that I know about the fact that I was nothing more than a filler; the more I feel grateful for I was the chosen one...
For after all said and done, I'm still the same person on the presence of God...
With a single comprehension; I've passed it without saying that I actually had the ability nor the strength to get through it...

And somehow...
The more that I know...
The more that I see...
The more that I feel...
The more that I care...
The more that I dare...
The more that I share...
The more that I love this life of mine...

And everything seems to be more to something with this lively smile inside of me...

For I can still give everything and more to life as much as I will always have more songs to sing and more rhythmic beats to dance to...

In the end...
The more that I know...
The more I have to learn...
Once more...
And another once more after something more that I know...

With love... And more...
Lisa Fransiska Sitompul
June 19th, 2013

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Reaching Greater Aim

The Golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your surrounding or in luck nor in chances; or the help of others. It is in you alone.
The next question will be:

"Can you embrace the blessings by being grateful to all occurrences and consider it all as a process of grand plans instead on reasons to be untrue to yourself?"

Most people don't realize that when life pulls you backward, when things seem hasn't been going to the way you want them to be; you are simply being appointed to a certain greater aim. Just like an arrow being pulled backward in a bow. The more the pull is, the bigger the energy being stored for you to launch!

The best thing you can do is to surrender to the pull, scan your target, measure the range, and feel the wind's direction. Be ready for the launch! Don't expect anything, the more you have no expectation, the bigger the strength for you and the sincerity to give your best and reach greater aim!

Wishing you all a great Sunday,
With love,
Lisa Fransiska Sitompul
June 16th, 2013

Written to the remembrance of the man who taught me about love and courage. The one who said ,
"I hope you know that I love you so much...and how I love you with all my heart..."
just a moment from his departure to the land of nowhere..

And where ever you are now, my silence prayer will always be with you. With a simple song lingers in my nights for I know it for sure that those words were written by your love, for me.

eras ... usted es ... y siempre serĂ¡ mi MILAGRO

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Remembering Helmy

Helmy, Lisa tidak pernah tahu nama belakanganya apa, tapi satu hal yang Lisa ingat, Helmy adalah seorang ibu yang baik untuk kedua gadis kecilnya, wanita yang akhirnya mengembalikan rasa percaya nya akan kasih dan cinta dan tetap berserah pada Tuhan.

Kembali ke tahun 2006, diantara hembusan angin dingin kota Ruteng - Flores, Lisa mengenal Helmy untuk pertama kalinya. Wanita sederhana yang datang kerumah kami dan meminta diberi kesempatan untuk bekerja sebagai pembantu. Di hari ke 3 dia datang, Lisa melihat matanya yang sembab dan wajahnya yang sayu,

"Kenapa mbak Helmy? Kok matanya sembab? Mbak baik-baik saja?"

Helmy hanya menunduk dan berkata,
"Tidak apa-apa, mama..."

Merupakan kebiasaan orang Flores untuk memanggil "mama" pada orang yang mereka tuakan dan hormati, dan jawaban Helmy membuat Lisa menarik tangannya dan memintanya duduk bersama di ruang makan kami yang sederhana,

"Mbak Helmy, Lisa tidak menganjurkan mbak Helmy untuk memulai hari dengan kesedihan, buat saya, sangatlah penting bekerja dan berada di tengah-tengah orang yang bahagia dan memandang hidup sebagai sebuah perjalanan indah, bila ada masalah, mbak Helmy bisa selalu bicara dan berbagi dengan Lisa."

Helmy mulai meneteskan airmata dan menceritakan bagaimana kehidupannya.

Suaminya pamit pergi ke Kalimantan untuk mengadu nasib sekitar dua tahun yang lalu, dan sejak dia pergi, tidak ada selembar surat, atau berita dalam bentuk apapun mengingat mereka tinggal di kampung yang sangat terpencil diluar kota kecil Ruteng. Saat suaminya pergi, Helmy tidak tahu kalau ternyata dia mengandung anak keduanya, sehingga saat perutnya membesar, dia sering digunjingkan oleh orang sekampung. Ditambah lagi dengan kondisi suaminya yang sama sekali tidak mengirimkan kabar akan kemana dan dimana keberadaan dia, Helmy memutuskan untuk meninggalkan kampungnya tidak lama setelah anaknya lahir, dan membawa kedua anaknya ke Ruteng. Helmy bekerja sebagai pembantu rumah tangga sejak saat itu, menghidupi kedua anak dan adiknya yang juga ikut dengannya karena tidak tega melihat kakaknya menderita sendiri.

Lisa ingat betapa tangisnya lepas saat Lisa memeluk dia. Lisa biarkan Helmy melepaskan aliran airmatanya dan berkata,
"Mbak Helmy, Lisa nggak bisa berkata apapun kecuali mbak Helmy sekarang memiliki Lisa disini, besok ajaklah anak-anak mbak Helmy saat bekerja, toh besok Lisa tidak ada kegiatan, biar Lisa bermain dengan mereka. Percuma Lisa disini mengurusi perkembangan PAUD kalau anak mbak Helmy sendiri tidak merasakan kasih sayang dan indahnya masa kecil sebagai anak-anak. Tidak lengkaplah perjuangan Lisa disini kalau anak-anak mbak Helmy tidak mendapatkan kesempatan yang sama dengan anak-anak lain yang Lisa bisa peluk dan sayangi disini."

Helmy sempat menangis tersedu-sedu dan hingga akhirnya berkata,
"Baik mama, besok Helmy bawa anak-anak, tapi apa tidak mengganggu dan merepotkan mama?"

Lisa hanya tersenyum dan menggelengkan kepala,
"Kadang Tuhan punya cara yang unik dalam mempertemukan dan memisahkan orang, mbak Helmy, tapi satu hal yang Lisa yakin, kadang kita dipertemukan dan diberikan pilihan yang unik juga. Dan semoga, Lisa bisa jadi bagian dari sesuatu yang kecil dan sederhana, tapi bisa sedikit melegakan kegundahan mbak Helmy."

Helmy mencium tangan Lisa dan Lisa balas ciuman itu dengan memeluknya erat,
"Mbak Helmy, setiap detik dan menit hidup Lisa, Lisa selalu merindukan mendiang papa dan mama Lisa, tidak pernah gampang kehilangan mereka, tapi entah kenapa, setiap Lisa memeluk seseorang yang membutuhkan harapan, Lisa selalu yakin bahwa kepergian mereka untuk menguatkan Lisa, untuk memberikan gambaran bahwa hidup ini indah dan Lisa punya bagian tersendiri dalam kehidupan Lisa yang mungkin akan pendek, sependek hidup papa dan mama Lisa dulu. Tapi satu hal yang Lisa yakini, satu hari hanyalah berlangsung selama 24 jam, dan hari baru selalu datang dengan harapan-harapan dan kekuatan baru. Yang kita butuhkan hanyalah percaya bahwa kekuatiran, kepedihan, dan semua ketidakadilan dalam hidup ini hanya akan berlangsung selama 24 jam dalam sehari, tidak lebih! Dan sekali lagi Lisa tegaskan, mbak Helmy punya Lisa sekarang, Lisa mungkin bukan siapa-siapa dan tidak punya kekuatan apa-apa untuk mengangkat beban mbak Helmy, tapi paling tidak, mbak Helmy tidak berjalan sendiri."

Sejak pagi itu, kehidupan Lisa di kota kecil Ruteng, ibukota Manggarai yang berlokasi di Pulau Flores bergulir dengan penuh keindahan. Helmy bekerja dengan sangat rajin dan menjadi teman Lisa duduk setiap pagi hanya untuk berdiam berduaan, dalam hening; lalu mengucapkan doa dan harapan kami bersama dalam kamar Lisa yang kecil dirumah mungil itu. Dan Lisa selalu memeluk Helmy setiap kami selesai melaksanakan sesi hening itu. Entah kenapa, Lisa bahagia sekali rasanya setiap bisa memeluk Helmy tanpa harus berucap sepatah katapun. Kegiatan yang selalu berlanjut dengan merawat bunga-bunga Lisa ditaman kecil depan rumah kami, lalu berjalan ke pasar dan menyapa semua orang di pasar, berbincang-bincang dengan banyak pedagang sebelum Lisa mulai bekerja atau berkeliling ke beberapa wilayah kecil di seputar kota Ruteng untuk kampanye PAUD, penanggulangan Malaria, AIDS, TBC dan Gizi Buruk. Hari-hari penuh keindahan itu berlangsung selama hampir tujuh bulan hingga Lisa harus bergeser ke Kabupaten Sikka dan pindah ke kota Maumere.

Waktu Lisa mengabari Helmy kalau Lisa akan pindah, Helmy menangis,
"Mama, bawa saya, masa mama ajak Ema tapi tidak bawa saya?"

Lisa hanya tersenyum dan berkata,
"Helmy, Lisa sudah bicara dengan Ibu Ketut, dan dia dengan sangat senang bila Helmy bekerja pada dia, Lisa tidak ingin membawa Helmy ke Maumere. Alasannya tidak usah ditanya, tapi itulah kata hati Lisa, sejauh ini, kata hati Lisa belum pernah salah, sayang. Tolong jangan Helmy merasa tidak adil atau Lisa tinggalkan, karena bahkan Tuhan tahu bagaimana rasa sayang Lisa pada Helmy."

Helmy menangis tersedu-sedu dan hari itu pecahlah kerusuhan di Ruteng karena ketidakpuasan salah satu partai politik atas keputusan KPUD. Siang itu Lisa menyelamatkan Helmy dan anak-anaknya dari tempat kontrakan mereka, membawa mereka ke rumah kami. Helmy membantu ibu Ketut membeli mie instan dan telur, sedang Lisa, dengan bantuan anggota Polres Ruteng, membeli roti, kue dan donat yang tersedia di sebuah toko di pusat kota Ruteng dan mendistribusikannya pada semua anggota pengamanan yang telah bertugas dari pagi tanpa sempat makan sesuap nasipun. Menjelang malam, setelah Lisa mengobati luka-luka Kabag-Ops Polres Ruteng yang terluka karena lemparan batu dan mendokumentasikan kondisi beliau, Lisa meminta Pak Kabag-Ops untuk memerintahkan anggotanya datang ke tempat bu Ketut secara berkala untuk makan malam. Helmy dan bu Ketut telah mempersiapkan hidangan yang jauh dari layak itu untuk sekedar mengganjal rasa lapar pasukan Polres Manggarai ditengah suasana kota Ruteng yang mencekam dan sangat dingin malam itu.

Menjelang tengah malam, Lisa mendatangi Helmy dan meminta dia menjaga anak-anaknya, hingga tiba-tiba dia memeluk Lisa erat dan berkata,
"Mama, kadang saya bertanya-tanya, siapa mama ini, mengapa mama begitu menyayangi saya?"

Lisa balas pelukannya dan berbisik,
"Lisa ya Lisa, Helmy, masa mau kenalan lagi?"

Helmy menahan tawa, dan dia cukup kaget saat itu Lisa bersiap-siap pergi ke sebuah biara di pinggiran kota Ruteng untuk menemui suster-suster disana. Tapi malam itu Lisa memang harus bertemu dengan suster-suster tersebut untuk meminta mereka menjadi jembatan untuk berkomunikasi dengan masyarakat disekitar biara mereka agar tidak terprovokasi dan melakukan tindakan anarkis yang pasti akan berefek cukup besar bagi Kabupaten Manggarai di kemudian hari.

Sekitar jam dua pagi, Lisa kembali kerumah dan menemui beberapa anggota polisi yang berjaga-jaga di depan rumah kami. Mereka kedinginan karena api yang mereka hidupkan dengan kayu seadanya yang bisa mereka temukan disekitar rumah kami hampir padam. Lisa meminta mereka membongkar pagar bambu yang mengelilingi rumah kami dan membakarnya dalam api unggun yang hampir mati itu. Helmy tiba-tiba muncul dan membantu mengambilkan parang ke dalam rumah, subuh itu pagar rumah kami dijadikan api unggun untuk menghangatkan pak polisi yang berjaga-jaga didepan rumah kami. sekitar jam empat pagi, Helmy meminta Lisa untuk tidur, namun Lisa tidak bisa karena masih menunggu kabar dari suster-suster yang Lisa hubungi malam itu.

Pagi itu suasana kota Ruteng sudah mulai pulih, beberapa pedagang pasar yang berdatangan dengan Oto (Truk yang dijadikan kendaraan umum untuk masyarakat Ruteng dengan rute Ruteng ke desa-desa kecil didaerah Ruteng). Mereka cukup kaget melihat kondisi kota Ruteng yang cukup berantakan dan halaman rumah kami yang sudah tidak berpagar. Beberapa pedagang yang biasa singgah kerumah kami menanyakan apakah kondisi kami baik-baik saja dan apakah ada korban jiwa, dan kami sangat bersyukur karena hingga saat itu, tidak ada satu korban jiwapun yang jatuh, baik dari pihak keamanan atau pihak demonstran. Seorang nenek tua yang sering mampir kerumah kami untuk menjual kacang dan ubi-ubian memeluk Lisa dengan erat karena senang mengetahui kami baik-baik saja. Karena banyaknya yang berkunjung, Lisa mempersilahkan mereka untuk masuk kerumah kami,  mereka terkejut melihat barang-barang kami yang telah terkemas rapih, dan akhirnya kepindahan Lisa ke Maumere diketahui oleh mereka.  Sungguh diluar dugaan, ibu-ibu penjual sayur yang kadang menjadi teman Lisa berdiskusi menangis dan protes kenapa Lisa tidak pernah memberitahukan hal itu.

Di hari yang mendung dan dingin itu, kami menyelesaikan persiapan kami untuk pindah ke Maumere, sore harinya, para pedagang pasar berdatangan lagi. Mereka membawa banyak makanan dan minuman, pedagang daging mulai menyalakan api untuk membuat api bakaran, pedagang ayam sudah membawa ayam untuk dibakar juga, suasana rumah langsung riuh dan ramai, karena begitu banyaknya orang yang berkumpul. Sungguh mengejutkan karena mereka ternyata membuat sebuah pesta sederhana untuk melepaskan kepergian Lisa ke Maumere. Malam itu Lisa menggendong anak kedua Helmy sepanjang malam, entah kenapa, Mia rewel sekali malam itu. Pemilik-pemilik toko diseputar kota Ruteng berdatangan, dan makan malam sederhana itu menjadi pesta yang sangat meriah, pemilik radio lokal disana membawa keyboard dan mereka semua bergantian menyanyi untuk Lisa. Bahkan Helmy dan Ema menyanyikan satu lagu daerah Manggarai dan Lisa sempat menahan tangis saat pemilik radio menterjemahkan arti dari lirik lagunya yang menceritakan tentang cantiknya gadis Manggarai (Molas Manggarai). Lagu ceria itu membuat Lisa menangis karena Lisa akan tinggalkan kota indah yang penuh bunga itu hanya dalam beberapa jam lagi.

Pagi telah tiba, barang-barang dinaikkan keatas truk, dan pasar tutup sementara hari itu. Semua berkumpul di depan rumah kami, ubi, pisang, singkong rebus, bahkan kacang rebus berdatangan, nenek tua yang biasa mampir kerumah kami sebelum dia kembali ke kampung setelah menjual ubi atau kacang ke pasar, mendatangi, memeluk Lisa dan menangis tersedu-sedu. Lisa memakaikan pasmina yang memang Lisa siapkan untuk dia, dan mencium pipinya,

"Mama jangan menangis ya? Lisa minta doa mama ya?"

Dia makin keras menangis dan mulai berkata-kata dalam bahasa Manggarai yang Lisa tidak tahu artinya, tapi dari ekspresi Helmy yang juga jadi ikut menangis dan membelai pundak nenek itu, Lisa tahu dia pasti mengatakan hal-hal baik dan mungkin kecewa karena Lisa pergi. Helmy menenangkan nenek itu dan meminta dia duduk karena Lisa harus mandi dan berangkat segera. Setelah Lisa bersiap-siap, memasukkan tas kedalam mobil, Lisa kembali ke kerumunan orang-orang yang akan Lisa tinggalkan, Lisa salami satu persatu, memeluk Polwan-Polwan yang juga sering memanggil Lisa "mama" dan sebelum masuk mobil, Lisa memeluk Helmy yang tidak bisa berhenti menangis. Kedua anak Helmy tidak diikutkan oleh Helmy dan Lisa tahu mengapa, Helmy tidak ingin anak-anaknya melihat Lisa pergi. Dan sebelum Lisa melepaskan tangan Lisa yang memeluk Helmy, Lisa berkata,

"Helmy, baik-baik ya... Ada apa-apa minta ibu Ketut untuk menelpon Lisa. Maaf Lisa tidak ajak Helmy ke Maumere, tapi Lisa sayang Helmy,"

Helmy menangis dalam pelukan Lisa dan entah mengapa, airmata Lisa tertahan karena ingin menunjukkan pada Helmy bahwa dia tetap harus melanjutkan kehidupannya di Ruteng, tanpa Lisa, tanpa Ema yang selama ini menjadi teman dia saat bekerja dengan Lisa. Perjalanan dari kota Ruteng ke Maumere memakan waktu kurang lebih 14 jam, dan sepanjang perjalanan kami hari itu memberikan sedikit keperihan karena kami meninggalkan kota dingin yang indah, Ruteng.

Hari-hari bergulir dengan cepatnya dan tidak terasa sekitar 6 bulan kami di kota Maumere, kami sudah menguburkan salah satu penderita AIDS dan Lisa sendiri tetap semangat menjalankan kampanye Penanggulangan Malaria, TBC, Gizi Buruk dan AIDS, sembari tetap menjalankan program-program PAUD. Tidak begitu banyak cerita dari ibu Ketut, hanya sms-sms singkat tentang kondisi keluarganya, dengan tambahan informasi kondisi Helmy dan anak-anaknya. Hingga disuatu pagi, nama bu Ketut muncul di layar handphone Lisa yang membuat Lisa cukup terkejut. Saat suara bu Ketut terdengar, ada nada yang berbeda dari suaranya,
"Ibu, Helmy mau bicara..."

sesaat kemudian,
"Mama....mama...."
suara Helmy yang bercampur isak tangis terdengar dari seberang sana,

"Iya sayang, ada apa sayang? Apakah anak-anak sehat? Ada apa Helmy?"

Dan mulailah Helmy bercerita bahwa dia begitu ingin ke Maumere, ingin memeluk dan mencium Lisa karena suaminya telah kembali dengan selamat. Tidak banyak yang Helmy ceritakan, karena hampir setiap kalimatnya disisipi ungkapan betapa dia ingin menemui Lisa di Maumere untuk memeluk Lisa. Berkali-kali dia mengatakan terima kasih karena Lisa selalu mengajarkan dia untuk percaya, sembari berteriak ceria dia menyerukan betapa dia bersyukur karena Lisa tidak pernah mengajaknya ke Maumere. Dengan begitu berapi-api, Helmy menyampaikan bahwa dia akan segera berangkat ke Kalimantan dengan suami dan anak-anaknya. Semua telah dipersiapkan selama setahun terakhir ini oleh suaminya.

"Mama, suami aku bilang, setahun terakhir ini semua begitu dimudahkan oleh Tuhan, seolah rejeki begitu banyak mengalir dan dia selalu ingat saya dan anak kami. Dia kerja keras, mama... dan sekarang dia sudah dipercaya sama boss dia, dikasih uang untuk jemput kami dan bawa kami kesana, ada rumah untuk kami disana! Oh mama..., mama... itu adalah masa-masa dimana mama selalu ajak saya duduk berdoa dan mengucap syukur, mama... saya ingin ke Maumere! Bagaimana saya bisa bertemu mama dan cium mama! Mama...saya mau pergi jauh mama, bagaimana saya bisa peluk mama lagi?"

Airmata Lisa menetes dan Lisa berkata,
"Helmy sayang, tidak usah Helmy ke Maumere, lebih baik uangnya untuk pegangan Helmy sekeluarga selama di kapal nanti, Tuhan akan pertemukan kita lagi, itu pasti, Helmy tidak usah kuatir, Lisa bahagia sekali mendengar kabar ini, pergilah Helmy, Tuhan besertamu. Indah lah hidupmu mulai kini bersama orang yang engkau cintai, jaga anak-anak ya sayang, disaat Helmy peluk mereka, ingat kalau Helmy juga peluk Lisa. Lisa titip Pia dan Mia ya sayang, besarkan kedua gadis cantikku itu..."

Terdengar suara Helmy menjerit pilu bercampur aduk dengan perasaan yang Lisa mungkin ikut rasakan juga saat itu, satu hal yang Helmy tidak ketahui saat itu adalah, Lisa sangat bersyukur karena Helmy menghubungi Lisa dan menyampaikan kabar gembira itu. Perasaan indah dan bahagia pernah menjadi seseorang dalam sebagian perjalanan hidup seorang Helmy merupakan kebahagiaan yang ternyata tidak terbeli oleh uang, oleh kemewahan atau benda duniawi lainnya. Masih jelas terngiang suara isak tangis Helmy karena begitu inginnya memeluk Lisa dan hanya Tuhan-lah yang tahu betapa Lisa pun sangat ingin memeluk dan merasakan getaran sukacita yang dia rasakan. Namun entah kenapa, jauh didalam lubuk hati Lisa yang terdalam, Lisa percaya, bahwa walau jarak memisahkan Lisa, hati kami telah bertaut, doa kami telah menyatu dan harapan-harapan kami telah mesra dan intim tercampur dalam doa-doa hening kami. Dan itu semua indah, itu semua tidak terdefinisi, semua itu tidak tergambarkan dengan kata-kata, seperti pelangi yang muncul dengan rapuh setelah hujan panjang.

Dan hari ini, entah kenapa, Lisa mengingat kembali Helmy yang telah memberikan begitu banyak keindahan dalam hidup Lisa. Helmy salah besar bila merasa bahwa Lisa pernah berbuat sesuatu dalam hidupnya, Helmy tidak tahu bahwa sebetulnya dialah yang telah menyelamatkan Lisa, dialah yang telah berbuat begitu banyak dalam hidup Lisa diwaktu pertemuan kami yang singkat itu. Kenangan indah akan saat-saat hening kami duduk berdua dan menyampaikan doa singkat kami, tetesan airmata Helmy saat Lisa berkata,

"Tuhan, dimanapun dia, apapun yang sedang dia jalani, kiranya hanya dengan Engkau lah dia melangkah. Berikan kebahagiaan, mudahkan kehidupannya, dan tetap kuatkan Helmy dan anak-anak untuk tetap percaya, bila memang mereka harus berjalan sendiri, yakinkan mereka bahwa mereka tidaklah berjalan sendiri."

Lisa mensyukuri karena Helmy dulu datang kerumah Lisa di pagi dingin itu.
Lisa merasa terhormat pernah duduk bersama Helmy dan belajar bertekun dalam diam dan keheningan saat memanjatkan doa-doa dan harapan kami.
Lisa bersyukur karena dulu tidak mengajak Helmy ke Maumere.
Dan kini, lisa bersyukur karena kami tidak sempat bertemu sebelum Helmy pergi ke Kalimantan, karnea keindahan yang tidak bisa digambarkan dengan kata-kata dan kondisi yang tidak bisa dirasakan secara fisik ini ternyata tetap indah dan luarbias rasanya.
Entah dimana dia sekarang, namun jauh didalam lubuk hati Lisa, Lisa yakin dan percaya Helmy dan suaminya beserta Pia dan Mia anak mereka  dalam kondisi bahagia.

"Shall it be done, for it is what I believe.."

Merindukanmu dimanapun engkau berada, Helmy, Pia dan Mia...

Always, with love
Lisa Fransiska Sitompul
June 12th 2013



Friday, 7 June 2013

THE UNANSWERED


I think that one of the most essential things in life is the acceptance to all that beyond our comprehension to understand. Expectation would drive us to disappointments that lead to desperation; but then again, what is the foundation of our acceptance upon things?
What is the most devastating thing in life?
What would disappoint you the most?
Life is full of it, you name it!

A dear friend of mine just sent me a picture the other day, and he typed:
“She’s married to someone else now….”
I couldn’t say anything but to say,
“Are you ok, bro?”

At first he replied,
“Yeah, I am fine, never been better…”
Then I asked again,
“Are you alright, my friend?”

He said,
“Not really, can I come to your place?”

Too bad he replied it for more than 30 minutes in which I was already fallen to my deep sleep.

I replied in the morning and said,
“Sorry for not being able to answer your message bro, I was away in my deep sleep when you reply my message.”

And I haven’t received any reply since….

Just now, I had lunch with a colleague and he said,
“I still can’t understand how your mind either your feeling works, you have so many children to call you mommy, you have so many friends that always can come to you and tell you about almost everything, and you still have that popping ideas from your brain to actually create and inspire something! I hope that brain of yours won’t blow up and spread your brain away….!”

I laughed and said,
“It’s funny when things actually go the way you want them to be when you start not to give a damn about anything, bro… But then again, I wouldn’t miss the blessing to be the one to rely on. Sometimes, it takes only a couple of second to say, “Hi dear, what’s up, how are things going” or “Are you alright, bro?” or a simple, “It’s fine, darling, you can get through this eventually…
Last night, I asked someone, “Sorry for disturbing you… But kind of wondering, for what it’s worth; are the things that occurring in your life are actually bringing you closer to what you want?” Well, no reply to the question, but I came to one understanding that the incomprehensible is always the best tool for us to build the strength within. Whatever the answer would be, I hope he’s alright and he’s actually on his way to reach whatever he wished to reach…”

My friend just looked me deep in the eye and said,
“Well Lisa, you always know how to turn things around and make the best of anything to cheer people up or make people realize that life is more than what they have in mind. But what if that man replied to your question and says something bad or something beyond your ability to bear?”


I replied with a smile,
“Well, I didn’t expect anything, frankly speaking, I would be glad if he could reply my question, bad or good, either way would lead to a simple conclusion, which is ‘he actually have the answer to the question’ or ‘he has the guts to face things and admit whatever is occurring ad be able to express it’ bad or good is just a matter of opinion to me. “

My friend said again,
“But he didn’t reply to your Q, so??”

I said,
“Well, the mystery is his and he has all the right to hold on to it. I guess the question itself has put him in certain despair and locked him in the dungeon of his own understandings, thoughts or even disappointments, who knows.  I am not entitled to drive anyone to have the courage to open up what’s been thundering in his or her mind. Even God gives us the privilege to choose, to feel and to escalate things in our lives the way we want them to be. The question wasn’t ought to be answered, it was released by my sincere intention, but I have no expectation upon the respond, my dear friend…”

Once again, he stunned and looked me deep in the eyes, I glanced and winged to him, he laughed and said,
“Life would be great places if we all have the spirit like you do, and I’m glad to be your friend.
Once again I smiled and we continued our discussion about work and how things have been doing in our team. I surely had a good discussion in this lunch time with my friend. And once again, I realize, I always care, even though I said earlier, “It’s funny when things actually go the way you want them to be when you start not to give a damn about anything” . Well, in my case, I don’t give a damn thing about either other people care or not, I do care…. And I will never put myself to rest to care and I don’t need anyone approval upon anything regarding to the matter.

In the end, after all said and done, I came to one simple conclusion,
Life founded by sincere intentions and love will always give you more strength to give, share, contribute and inspire people in an amazing way, they might don’t like it at first, but never put yourself to the rest to give what’s best and put a great deal of love in everything you do. You might be the forgotten one, but your thoughts of pureness filled with sincerity will live and shine eternally

…eventually…


And being left out behind is just a process of finding grander discoveries in life…

Written in Jakarta, June 7th 2013 in between the song “Bu de bu ai” by Phan Wei Po and “Sou Fang Khai” by Lie Seng Cie. Dedicated to my dearest friend, and a special dear friend Charles Pindo.

Always with love.
Lisa F Sitompul

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Beyond the incomprehensible

I have no reason to understand things.
I simply have the courage to believe in goodness within mankind, anything on contrary was introduced by the world.

Most will be dragged into the twirl..

Some will make the acquaintance with sorrow and painful conditions as excuses to loose the goodness within...

Only a few who believe and have the courage to stand up in what's good they were built in and always believe in HOPE of new beginnings after each stroke of unfairness and other incomprehensible things in life..

So...
Take us and persuade our footsteps...
Oh almighty wind...
Let us dance above the cloud oh tenderness...
Shall we sing the song of sincerity for the lost souls...
And allow us to shine and possess the strength to guide them to find their way back home...

Have a pleasant evening to all...

Always, with love
Lisa F Sitompul
May 25th, 2013


Thursday, 9 May 2013

I believe

I believe,
that God will show me the path to witness the rainbow after every thundering rain.

I believe,
that by my humble prayers to those that I love so much, will bring them happiness beyond compare. And to those who hates me so much, each of my humble loving words will lead them to a brighter path.

I believe,
that by surrendering to those who spread lies upon me, they will find the things that provide them with the satisfaction that they’ve been seeking. And shall the Lord confirm it as a fine gift in their lives.

I believe,
that kindness will find the way to compromise and forgive those who intentionally hurt me, and the more I get hurt, the more amazing the process of being pure and grand in the presence of the Lord.

I believe,
that what’s beneath does matter; things might have been so painful on the surface, but the real virtue is there, I don’t need anyone's approval, I don’t need anyone to agree with the beauty that I have witnessed in my entire life;
cause I know that I simply have to B E L I E V E....
that there'll be the time for me to actually have the honour to smile upon the heavenly light that I beam to the sky with my sincere intentions and prayers to those who need to find their way.
But still, the great joy beyond compare will be mine, and shall my heart filled with tenderness as I stand beside YOUR ocean.

Shall my heart believe to what I don't see, to the things beyond my comprehension...
Shall my heart believe that there's so much more beyond everything...
Shall my soul rejoice and reminds me of Your great unconditional Love...
All I can say, "YOUR LOVE is boundless, brilliant, and unlimited."
All I can whisper, "YOUR LOVE is pure, splendid, abundant and glorious."
By this, I will always have the honour to embrace YOUR heavenly strength by letting go off my doubts and fear.

And by the simplicity of my heart to believe, I know for sure that YOU will never let me walk alone..
Never before, not now, and it will never be, and once again, I simply do BELIEVE...

written somewhere in jakarta,March 2013
Always with love,
Lisa Fransiska Sitompul

Sunday, 5 May 2013

My time with you...

Counting the numbers of my time with you..

9 Hours of togetherness, leads to
10 Roses with
16 Words in it, continued with
280 Minutes looking at the moon..

Days went by and we sat in a lounge, waiting for
2 *supposed to be hot* Cold drinks,
1 Spilled Hainam Chicken Rice and
1 Cold Cheese French Fries.
Went to see band performances, and had
1 Hot Coffee #finally..
1 Cup Haagen Daz-Green Tea
And hundreds of warm embraces, short tender kisses and whispers of love along the way..

And amazingly, after you gave me
2 Good night kiss in the eyes,
our time alone continued with:
5400 seconds of endless gentle tenderness..

And in this silent serenity of mine, in between the stillness of my lonely nights following the incomprehensible uncertainty of your absence..., I'm counting and multiplying the hope and faith within, attached with my sincere prayers for you...

And shall this journey continues...

Still hold on to the same hopes and the one love that understood by the things that you have taught me...

Always,
Lisa Fransiska Sitompul
Jakarta, May 5th 2013


Saturday, 27 April 2013

The remarkable "POINT OF DECISION MARKETING" Strategy

The word of "ADVERTISING" has changed the way retailers THINK!

Driven people in a different way that called as A Point of Decision Marketing has changed the nature of driving people to decide to buy something that actually stimulated by what they encounter accidentally.

Encounter is an interesting word, right? What people do mostly when they're queuing? People are likely to pay more attention to moving things instead of something that just stand still. This is why printed promotional material is not in to the trend anymore. The fact that brochures and flyers are just being put in displays has made them to lose the attention of people to actually pick one and read it.

So, what does "a point to decision marketing" actually contribute in driving people's urge to buy more?

A simple story, a woman that happened to be standing in front of a coffee shop's cashier finally realize that she really need to drop by at the supermarket just right across the coffee shop. And WHY? She was simply realized that she need to get that great offer for the latest "Happy Frying Pan" that just being displayed on the screen of the digital signage at the upper behind the cashier.

The information was shared at the moment she was looking at one of the latest James Bond trailer on the screen. It wasn't a big advertisement, in between the captured actions of the secret agent, she caught an information about the frying pan just on the upper left of the screen.

This is what we call as a point of decision marketing. Putting simple reminder to people by popping up the thing that might they need at that time; or other things that might tingle their brain in a simple, unpredictable way!

Well, we never know when people need to get something for someone's birthday or perhaps to get something to replace the thing that they haven't got the time to buy? Or it's not impossible to change their mind to buy more and get more without using the oral persuasion that considered annoying to some people. We can actually make our digital signage be the messenger to deliver our promo.

It's an amazing thing when a single appearance have the ability to drive people's mind instantly! But not just regular appearance, something that being attached with what most people would want to see will be a great way to actually drive people to make a decision to buy something in a nick of time.

This can also be applied for different businesses, collaboration is the key word, a coffee shop can help the sport appliances store across it by putting something simple like:

"Buy 2 Large Cappucino and Get 20% discount for running shoes at ******* Store, just across our shop!"

And this can be applied vice versa! The Sport appliances store can simple put:

"Buy all types of **** Running Shoes, and get one free small Cappucino for each large Cappucino purchase at the ******* Coffee Shop right across our shop!"


The growing technology of Digital Signage devices have become the best media for this strategy. A point of decision marketing strategy needs a fast and aimed media. Certain technology given this strategy the ability for users to create their own messages, choose their own styles and designs, send it to the digital signage slave device or the operator's cloud and walaaa...., broadcast the message that they want instantly!

I believe that this strategy will change the nature of communication, branding and advertising. Contents, designs, even budget will no longer a hustle to anyone who's willing to advertise anything. The idea is to make a one way communication become powerful and effective. And of course, this can increase people's decision in purchasing more.

As the world is revolving, we are evolving, and point of decision marketing is certainly be one of the strategy that will make a significant evolution in buying behavior.

Written by Lisa F Sitompul
April 27th, 2013

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Simply...

Laughter and giggles are the music of love,
it brings a bright sunshine in a gloomy day..
Gratitude turns thunders in a storm into the percussion from above,
raindrops are the string that make your heart sway..

Understanding is the art of accepting,
compromising enriched our ability to cherish..
Letting go anger is the rhythm of forgiving,
a smile in embrace wipe the tears and completed a sweet wish...

Simple prayers when we're far apart from each other,
grant us the strength to keep holding on to what we believe..
Moments are becoming something we treasure,
better things in life has become something easy to achieve...

Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones,
as the wind blows out the candle and blows up the bonfire..
The image of our loved ones within keep our spirit runs,
just like flowers in springs as the running water to shower our desire..

April 23rd, 2013
Lisa Fransiska Sitompul

In the memory of my Miracle.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

The storm; BEFORE and AFTER

Some may ask you one day;
"What was the worst storm that you had in your life?"

Well, who really has the parameter of the size or strength of this 'storm' that we have in our lives?

And once the storm is over, you won't remember how you made it through, or perhaps, you won't have the recollection on how did you survive...

Or maybe, in fact, you won't be sure whether the storm is really over. This is simply because life has its own unique way to play its role in making our lives more exciting in an incomprehensible way.

But...
One thing for sure...
When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in to it.

Just promise your heart that you'll smile to both happy and painful memories. Cause as far as I concern, living life with no regrets shall strengthen us to believe more.

And without we know it, the worst scenarios of life were probably the things that we needed to most to be the great person we will be.

Therefore, shall you have the strength to treat life even more in every way you can.


Always, loving..
Lisa F Sitompul
Written in March 9th, 2013

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Having a fun and aimed communication by using a point of decision marketing strategy.

A Point of Decision Marketing is a simple marketing strategy through simple, short, but aimed communication to the right market at the right moment. And you'd be amazed to know that when people get bored of something, your campaign can tingle their emotional needs and sending messages at the same time.

Maybe this might sounds quite crazy, but what you really need is the content that put their interest as your priority. Simple social issues like birthdays, anniversaries, or other simple occasions can be a reminder to something, but other 'reminder' can be an additional recipe on this matter.

Short impression like
"Have you called her this morning?" or "Missing her smile?" or perhaps, "Wanna get lost for awhile?" and other hundreds or perhaps thousands of other impressions that tingle anyone's mind and imagination!

Tickling people's mind lead to other greater things, what comes next is just the synchronizations of the communication itself. Why your product actually fit the message and how to deliver it in a proper way can be a great discovery to draw better pattern for your strategy.

Not that hard to apply if I may say, what you really need is the issue that fit into something fruitful to be absorbed by everyone in a simple way. By this, persuasion is not an effort anymore, it can be a great game for you and your team to invent every single day.

So, let's have fun and communicate more, contribute more and who knows, your simple message can also be the best solution of the day for someone!

April 9th, 2013
Lisa F Sitompul

Saturday, 6 April 2013

The foundation of things.

What happens to a person is less significant than what happens within a person.
So, it's not what happens that really matters. It's how we use whatever happens to learn, improve and grow that make life more comprehensible

I consider this as the very essential thing about having a positive way of thinking.

I truly believe that we all were created by the act of love, my cells and the growth of my body was a series of coordination of little things in a positive, supportive each other and a bonded powerful way! Negative things, mediocrity, doubts and hatred are introduced by the world.

So, in short, being negative is a choice while being positive is what we built of. And whether we realize it or not, our world is a reflection of ourselves.

Time is something that we can't beat with, it's a fixed fact that a day only lasts 24 hours. It's extremely important to make the best out each hours of it. Don't count it, but make each one of it counts and matters.

But then again, it's entirely our choice,
"Get discouraged or get determined. Get bitter or get better..
And we can choose on liabilities or rely on possibilities only."

I don't have the particular definition to actually describe what love is. But I live my life to the fullest by putting a great deal of love on whatever I do. Love has become the very foundation of things in my life, it gives me more than everything and more reasons to life, more than something to live for.

Have a pleasant week end to all.

With love,

Lisa F Sitompul
April 6th, 2013

Monday, 1 April 2013

What can't it be?

What's in my mind?

Nothing really in particular, but I something just crossed my mind a simple question, "Why can't it be...??"


To co-workers...
Why can't we be partners instead of competitors to whatever we have in mind since the day we're here?

To the authorities of the country..
Why can't you simply think about better tomorrows instead of what can you get from the authorized power that you have in hand?

To Business owners...
Why can't you all simply think about building your surrounding in order to create a balanced society, spread the ethic of good companionship instead of being a tycoon and be the lonely rich person with a cold and bitter heart within?

To those whose facing difficulties in life...
Why can't you simply smile for the experience and keep on embracing lives around you instead of being sarcastic and shut almost all doors to possibilities?

To lovers....
Why can't we be lovers but instead, still be friends that actually grow together, maybe you can't understand each other at the moment due to certain circumstances. But hey.. have you realized that when you're trying to find the answers, you actually have something in common, which is the caring that actually driven the curiosity to find the way out..
Why don't you surrender to the fact that what you need is the silent tenderness when you both are tired and stop trying to sort things out, just come back to the beginning of time when reasons weren't that crucial to discover..., for what you wished for was that person would always be there in any kind of weather...

So,
"Why can't it be...

Why can't sincere intention be the only currency?

Why can't love be the best reason for us to see things beyond?

Why can't a simple "Hello" be the dis-solvent of you cold heart by the things that disappointed you?

Why can't wrong occurrences be the very reason to forgive?



And the questions will carry on and on...
But I would come to one answer for all questions....


Let shall things be the way they want to be....
What we need is the understanding that sometimes... the best answer to our questions are the unanswered ones, for we need more than rationalization to comprehend things...

Saturday, 30 March 2013

It's not easy, but it's worth a try

You don't have to be sexy to have a great sensual appeal, and you certainly don't have to be pretty to have the real Beauty appeal to entertain and put more colour to the world.

Just be yourself, and believe me, the rest will come along..
eventually...

And you would be surprise to acknowledge that what will come around are going to be "beyond your expectations". It's just a matter of your ability to except things in a WOW way...be good to yourself and see things from a better and positive perspective than anybody else used to do.

Spread goodness n be a part of a greater community by being HAPPY whatever knocks on your doorstep and smile when you open that door to whoever that happened to be standing right in front of you...

Because, in my opinion..happiness is all about a state of mind and the thought of what we want to put on the pattern of our life with sincere intentions and a great deal of love are the things that complete the whole tapestry.

Disagreements are a great way to improve your ability to synchronize and compromise things. Mistakes are the very proof that you are learning and disappointments aren't a necessity when things don't go the way you wanted them to be.

Once again, you can simply endure the happiness within by always believing that what comes around never actually departs without a certain trace. The choice are ours, either we want to see it as scars, or as additional colours and pattern in the greater painting that decorates our great journey of life...

Well then... I know it's not easy, but it's a worth a try...

Wishing you all to have a great Easter Holiday...
I'm having mine for sure...
YIPPIEKAIYE...

With love,
Lisa Fransiska Sitompul
March 29th, 2013

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Silent tenderness

Sometimes, moments of waiting for some things or someone are the best session to recollect great and blissful things that slipped away from our attention...

Like...

Silence kisses...

Tender moments of wondering whether we want to go back to the real world when we were kind of lost in the arms of the one that we love so dearly...

Wondrous moments of missing and loving someone with no certainty upon anything...

And the completion of the indescribable feelings is fulfilled when we could feel the breathing of the person that we love so much, watch that person close but away in his/her dreams..

There'll be the time when the unreachable becomes the embraceable by our silent sincere prayers...

Our unspoken wishes become a package of invisible gifts on the best things in life that might be delivered for him/her...

And in vigilant of hopes and faith shall our soul hold those who we love in silence...
in this moment of our lives...

Always, with love..
Lisa F Sitompul
March 15, 2013

Changing Visions to Value

Almost everything in our lives was started by visions. This also applied in starting a company. This is why companies are likely to have visions as the foundation on how would they actually draw the pattern of their mission in reaching the vision itself. By this understanding, I have come to one comprehension that visions have become 'the heart and soul' of a company, the spirit of the institution that actually give the very reason of why they deliver things to the surrounding and the community.

This is why it is very important for us to know that to actually accepted and be a part of something, attached and blended to it need the very reason of "WHY" that understood to be the "Value" of our existence.

But then again, changing visions to value needs sharped and aimed analyses. The essence of making people to see what's in your brand is to build the value of their connection with your brand instead of just being seen. This is when the "WHY" of your brand or company's existence is essentially important, and the attachment by the effort will definitely create something powerful that most of us recognized as "LOYALTY".

So, it settled then...
Loyalty is built by value and it certainly maintained by quality and an after sales close approach, not by entering the battle field of price. It is important to keep the competition healthy and balanced, consider it as your way to maintain the sustainability of your own company and the interests of those who are involved in building the company too; not just the share holders or the board of directors, your employee and their family are also an important element to be considered as one of the essential participant in building your value.

A growing company and a strong brand doesn't built by an easy effort, building brand requires various strategies for different aspects to fit plural conditions and market segment. And the effort certainly needs more faith to give rather than surrender to the hands of 'Luck' . Circumstances can be such a yucky thing, but instead, it can be the best mentor in being the greatest instead of a regular 'Best One".

By that, the essential meaning of being the great one is not just about services and quality deliverance. Far beyond that, what we can attach as the great thing that we might provide with a great deal of effort in it will create a greater impact in value. The parameter is quite unmeasurable, but then again, something unmeasurable is greater in value and likely to be more memorable to our customers and partners.

Social Media plays a very important role in this part, our contribution to social issues and care about what actually occurring in the community might be the best strategy in delivering our services.

Connecting the needs with what we have and put more value into it is far more effective rather than expensive and highly cost campaign. Founded by why do we invent our product, why do we care and this also has become the reason of why we put our best effort in inventing more, connects it with the community will driven more reasons on why do we do this or that will also certainly create a more solid and stronger value.

Simple things are great and great things are simple. The idea of technology itself has driven us to simplicity and effectiveness. Build a more idea-based solution campaign team with ability to make the best out of social and current issues. Create a forum where people can actually find solutions to simple things in life in between your campaign can create a loyal attitude to your customer.

It's not just about making people to buy, but how to make them to keep on coming back for more is a successful marketing strategy. By building community awareness, social responsive discussions and be the the advisor of people's way of creating their mindset in facing things in life are some of the ideas in building value through loyalty program. When we are loyal to share and inspire, the additional value to our services will also attached to whatever we're selling to the market.

I'm amazed by the fact that some of my friends are addicted to read my Facebook, Twitter, Path or my other social media accounts. The public has this certain hunger in finding the way out from their crazy and hectic daily lives. Reading how certain people face and react upon things in life definitely attract other people in an wondrously powerful way.

Go there!
Enter that market!
Make the best of public's thirst of what most people think as gossip in a positive way. The worst situation can be a solution to other people, as long as we deliver it in a positive and uplifting way. Avoid judgments and negative opinions or reaction in all of the issues that we're about to pull to the surface.

Create different idea-based solutions for different issues have a powerful impact to an end to end marketing approach. There's a loyal connection in between addiction, this is the thing that actually empower your effort in changing visions into value. Give it a try, I bet you'll find lots of fun in the process

March 15th, 2013
Lisa F Sitompul