Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Alluring but Dangerous!

The moment I was introduced to this poem, I instantly felt in love with it. The words arranged by Frost are very meaningful to me and made me somewhat realized that I actually love arts and literature. That moment marked the beginning of my obsession in reading, writing and learning linguistic stuffs. I started to like reading English novels especially if the author is John Grisham, Danielle Steel, Sidney Shieldon and Ken Follet. I really enjoyed English classes particularly the literatures in KOMSAS syllabus when many science students found it very boring. That was the story back in year 2000 when I was a form 4 student in Maahad Muhammadi Lilbanat, Kota Bharu.

This morning, after congregational Subuh prayer and recitation of the first half of Chapter 9 in the Holy Quran, I read a new chapter in Stephen R. Covey’s great book, “The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness”. The chapter begins with this Frost’s poem and it really drew my attention. Here are the Covey’s comments regarding line 18, 19 and 20 of this poem and I am absolutely agree with him.

Everyone chooses one of two roads in life – the old and the young, the rich and the poor, men and women alike. One is the broad, well-traveled road to mediocrity, the other the road to greatness and meaning. The range of possibilities that exist within each of these two destinations is as wide as the diversity of gifts and personalities in the human family. But the contrast between the two destinations is as the night is to the day.

The path to mediocrity straitjackets human potential. The path to greatness unleashes and realizes human potential. The path of mediocrity is the quick-fix, short-cut approach to life. The path to greatness is a process of sequential growth from the inside out. Travelers on the lower path to mediocrity live out the cultural software of ego, indulgence, scarcity, comparison, competitiveness and victimism. Travelers on the upper path to greatness rise above negative cultural influences and choose to become the creative force of their lives. One word expresses the pathway to greatness. Voice. Those on this path find their voice and inspire others to find theirs. The rest never do.

All of a sudden, I stopped reading as several things have strike my mind in a single blow. A nasheed from In-Team entitled Jangan Kita Lupa, a Quranic verse and a hadeeth (Bada’al islaamu ghariiban…fathuuba lil ghurabaa’).

Jangan Kita Lupa

Hai Manusia Yang Hidup Di Dalam Dunia Ini
Jangan Kita Lupa Pada Godaan Dunia
Hidup Ini Adalah Kurniaan Dari Tuhan
Dan Hidup Ini Janganlah Dibuang Percuma
Jalan Yang Sempit Yang Membawa Kepada Kehidupan
Jalan Yang Luas Yang Membawa Kepada Kehancuran
Ramai Orang Yang Melalui Jalan Yang Luas Itu
Sedikit Orang Yang Melalui Jalan Sempit Itu

Hai Manusia Yang Hidup Di Dalam Dunia Ini
Jangan Kita Lupa Pada Godaan Dunia
Hidup Ini Adalah Untuk Sementara Waktu
Apa Yang Ditanam Itulah Nanti Yang Dipetik

I found the similarity of the message between the Frost’s poem and these three different items which then made me draw this conclusion:

Don’t be easily fooled by this beautiful world! It does worth if we dive into a pool of hardship when in the end we are going to embrace the sweetest medal of success; the success in the Hereafter.

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