Ich fühle mich jämmerlich, aber ich bin bereit zu warten. Wir werden noch einmal versuchen. Es ist gut, geduldig zu sein. Ich werde zukünftig sehr geduldig sein. Weil Allah geduldige Leute mag…Verzeihen Sie mir bitte.
Anyway enough of the negative feelings. Once in a while, no harm wallowing in a little self-pity but not all the time. Hence it is time to move on.
I have been hooked these days to the book ‘Leaving Microsoft to Change The World’, written by the founder of the international NGO ‘Room to Read’.
Image taken from here.
It is moving, to read the first hand account from the former marketing director of Microsoft on how one backpacking trip to Nepal where he, by chance stumbled upon a school which has no books in the library. As a child he was a voracious reader whose thirst for books had never been denied. Hence he could never comprehend how the third world countries educate their young with their extremely limited resources.
Alot of self reflections later, he decided to leave his cushy job with Microsoft and use the years of corporate skills he had as a corporate man to think big, no.. think huge actually.. by setting up the Room to Read Foundation with the vision that every child in the third world country would have access to books.
The book is addictive to me because I was attracted to his struggles and the way he pushed away all the ‘aper nanti orang kata’ fears of leaving a top notch career, breaking up with his live-in girlfriend who didn’t share his vision and also living on his savings etc. Those are guts not many people have. He had taken a very inspiring and noble path. On another note, I also have a friend here who has been starting libraries for the orphanages in Malaysia. ( Is Badut! I am saluting you, bro! *waves* ). Chemical engineer turned professional clown, he has been inspiring us to no ends.
Both of them above had the vision and priority of making a difference in this world for the betterment of others who have very little for themselves. Their selflessness is tough to emulate but it is not impossible. Like Robert Frost wrote in his poem
I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference
One day I hope to be able to tell my grandkids that like John Wood who started Room to Read and Is Badut, I too have taken the road less travelled by and that has made all the difference.
Even though now we have chosen the road less travelled by, we are not yet really deep into the journey– just a few steps in. But after this book, it is further reinforced upon me that the road less travelled is way more exhilarating than being one of the crowd in the jam-packed highway.
… and oh, the title translates to ‘ Very Sad ( what I felt today ) and One Good Man ( John Wood of Room to Read )’