Stay Young

“Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind. It is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.
Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear and despair, these are the long, long years that bow the head and turn the growing spirit back to dust.
Whether seventy or seventeen there is in every beings heart the love of wonder, the sweet amazement of the stars and the starlight things and thoughts, the undaunted challenge of events and the childlike appetite for what’s next, and the joy and the game of life.
You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt, as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear. So long as your heart receives messages of beauty, cheer, courage, grandeur and power from the earth, from man, and from the infinite, so long you are young.”
– General Douglas MacArthur

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A Father’s Prayer

Build me a son,
O Lord,
who will be strong enough to know when he is weak,
and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid;
one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat,
and humble and gentle in victory.

Build me a son whose wishbone will not be where his backbone should be;
a son who will know Thee?
and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.

Lead him I pray,
not in the path of ease and comfort,
but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge.
Here let him learn to stand up in the storm;
here let him learn compassion for those who fail.

Build me a son
whose heart will be clear, whose goal will be high;
a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men;
one who will learn to laugh,
yet never forget how to weep;
one who will reach into the future,
yet never forget the past.

And after all these things are his,
add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor,
so that he may always be serious,
yet never take himself too seriously.
Give him humility,
so that he may always remember the simplicity of true greatness,
the open mind of true wisdom,
the meekness of true strength.

Then, I, his father, will dare to whisper,
have not lived in vain.

 

 

General Douglas MacArthur

 

DOA SEORANG AYAH

Tuhanku…

Bentuklah puteraku menjadi manusia yang cukup kuat untuk mengetahui kelemahannya.
Dan, berani menghadapi dirinya sendiri saat dalam ketakutan.
Manusia yang bangga dan tabah dalam kekalahan.
Tetap Jujur dan rendah hati dalam kemenangan.

Bentuklah puteraku menjadi manusia yang berhasrat mewujudkan cita-citanya
dan tidak hanya tenggelam dalam angan-angannya saja.
Seorang Putera yang sadar bahwa
mengenal Engkau dan dirinya sendiri adalah landasan segala ilmu pengetahuan.

Tuhanku…

Aku mohon, janganlah pimpin puteraku di jalan yang mudah dan lunak.
Namun, tuntunlah dia di jalan yang penuh hambatan dan godaan, kesulitan dan tantangan.

Biarkan puteraku belajar untuk tetap berdiri di tengah badai dan senantiasa belajar
untuk mengasihi mereka yang tidak berdaya.

Ajarilah dia berhati tulus dan bercita-cita tinggi,
sanggup memimpin dirinya sendiri,
sebelum mempunyai kesempatan untuk memimpin orang lain.

Berikanlah hamba seorang putra
yang mengerti makna tawa ceria
tanpa melupakan makna tangis duka.

Putera yang berhasrat
Untuk menggapai masa depan yang cerah
namun tak pernah melupakan masa lampau.

Dan, setelah semua menjadi miliknya…
Berikan dia cukup Kejenakaan
sehingga ia dapat bersikap sungguh-sungguh
namun tetap mampu menikmati hidupnya.

Tuhanku…

Berilah ia kerendahan hati…
Agar ia ingat akan kesederhanaan dan keagungan yang hakiki…
Pada sumber kearifan, kelemahlembutan, dan kekuatan yang sempurna…
Dan, pada akhirnya bila semua itu terwujud,
hamba, ayahnya, dengan berani berkata “hidupku tidaklah sia-sia”

Douglas MacArthur
1952

 

 

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