Cinta & Batuk

Uhuk, uhuk, UHUK, UHUK..OOOHHHOOOKKKKK!!!!

Sudah hampir sebulan, batuk ini masih tidak hilang-hilang. Adakah disebabkan kedegilan saya tidak mengikut jadual minum ubat, kedegilan menjamah makanan berminyak, kekerasan kepala menghirup minuman berais?

Akak, saya nak air limau. AIS!!!

Amboi Inda, tak padan ngan batuk. Bangga betul order air limau AIS!

Saya tahu.

Semua di atas.

Saya ingat satu insiden di dalam kuliah di universiti 2 tahun yang lepas.

“Jangan gatal, tolonglah jangan gatal tekak oii, please, please.”

“Aduh, air tak bawak. Gula-gula pun takde.”

Merah padam muka saya menahan batuk. Betul-betul merah padam.

“Inda, daijyoubu desuka?” tegur Emi chan.

“Unn.” Saya hanya mampu tersenyum dengan muka yang merah padam.

Saya bergegas keluar. Sejurus membuka pintu, melangkah keluar…

Uhuk, uhuk… UHOOOOOKKKKK, HOK HOK…UHUUUUUUKKKKK…

Tidak tertahan rasanya. Seperti mahu masukkan sahaja jari ini menggaru anak tekak yang sedang gatal. Bergema ruang loker di luar dewan kuliah dengan batukkan saya.

15 minit kemudian dengan wajah selamba, saya melangkah semula ke dalam dewan kuliah.

“Daijyoubu desuka?”

Tetapi kali ini bukan Emi chan yang menegur, tetapi pensyarah yang menghulurkan rasa kasihan.

“Mou daijyoubu desu.”

Batuk memang tidak dapat disembunyikan.

Begitu juga dengan cinta. Continue reading

Contribution

Some people think that a presentation or an invitation to speak is a burden, or at best and obligation that can’t be avoided. This is the wrong attitude. Instead, think of presentation as a welcomed opportunity to make a difference. Every presentation or speech is a chance to make a contribution. We all live for the opportunity to contribute, it’s what makes us human. A contribution is never about us—it’s always about them. We show respect for them by being well prepared. We show we care by sharing a bit of ourselves and a small part of our own humanity. Do not allow yourself to get bogged down in a haze of self-doubt and worry about whether or not you are good enough. To win or to lose is not the point. Boston Philharmonic Orchestra conductor and presenter extraordinaire Benjamin Zander says something similar while encouraging one of his talented students: “We are about contribution. That’s what our job is. It’s not about impressing people. It’s not about getting the next job. It’s about contributing something.” We can apply this spirit to the art of presentation as well.

The art of connection, contribution, & change