The Color of Friendship

Ini The Color of Friendship yang diemail Vita ke Tati zaman Reformasi tahun 1998an..

Once upon a time the color of the world started to quarrel
All claimed that they were the best
The most important
The most useful
The favorite

GREEN said :
“Clearly I am the most important. I’m the sign of life and hope.
I was chosen for grass, trees and leaves.
Without me, all animals would die.
Look over the countryside and you will see that I am in the majority.”

BLUE interrupted :
“You only think about earth, but consider the sky and the sea.
It is the water that is the basis of life and drawn up by the clouds from the deep sea.”
The sky gives space and peace and serenity.
Without my peace, you would be nothing.”

YELLOW chuckled :
“You are all so serious. I bring laughter, gaiety, and warmth into the world.
The sun is yellow, the moon is yellow, and the stars are yellow.
Every time you look at a sunflower, the whole world starts to smile.
Without me there would be no fun.”

ORANGE started next to blow her trumpet :
“I am the color of health and strength.
I may be scarce, but I am precious for I serve the needs of human life.
I carry the most important vitamins.
Think of carrots, pumpkins, oranges, mangoes and papayas.
I don’t hang around all the time, but when I fill the sky at sunrise or sunset, my beauty is so striking that no one gives another thought to any of you.”

RED could stand it any longer, he shouted out :
“I am the ruler all of you. I’m blood – life’s blood!
I am the color of danger and of bravery.
I am willing to fight for a cause. I bring fire into the blood.
Without me, the earth would be as empty as the moon.
I am the color of passion and of love, the red rose, the poinsettia and the poppy.”

PURPLE rose up to his full height. He was very tall and spoke with great pomp :
“I am the color of royalty and power.
King, chief and bishop have always chosen me for I am the sign of authority and wisdom.
People do not question me! They listen and obey.”

Finally INDIGO spoke, much more quietly than all the others, but with just as much determination :
“Think of me. I am the color of silence.
You hardly notice me, but without me you all become superficial.
I represent thought and reflection, twilight and deep water.
You need me for balance and contrast, for prayer and inner peace.”

And so the colors went on boasting, each convinced of his or her own superiority.
They quarreling become louder and louder.
Suddenly there was a startling flash of bright lightening thunder rolled and boomed.
Rain started to pour down relentlessly.
The color crouch down in fear, drawing close to one another for comfort.
In the midst of the clamor, rain began to speak :
“You’re foolish colors, fighting amongst yourselves, each trying to dominate the rest. Don’t you know that you were made for a special purpose, unique and different? Join hands with one another and come to me.”
Doing as they were told, the colors united and joined hands.
The rain continued :
“From now on, when it rains, each of you will stretch across the sky in a great bow of colors as a reminder that you all live in peace. The Rainbow is a sign of hope for tomorrow.” And so, whenever a good rain washes the world, and a Rainbow appears in the sky, let us remember to APPRECIATE ONE ANOTHER.

There is something very SPECIAL in each and every one of us.
We have all been gifted with the ability to make difference.
And if we can become aware of the gift, we gain through the strength of our vision the power to shape the future.

Jadi ingat waktu di hari terakhir di ESQ, ada sesi dimana para peserta yang non muslim diminta untuk maju ke depan dan menyanyikan lagu Berkibarlah Benderaku. Kok ? Iya, karena salah satu misi ESQ ini adalah perbaikan mental bangsa kita supaya bisa menjadi Indonesia Emas di Tahun 2020. Enggak terus2an bermasalah dan ditimpa bencana, tapi menjadi bangsa yang kuat dan tangguh… Amin ya Rabbal Alamin.***