There would be times when he did not have enough money to buy food for his lunch, yet it was still "extraordinary" I confronted him once, "Aren't you being hypocritical? you have no money, you are suffering and hurting and yet 'extraordinary'?"
He was very quick to answer, "Well, then that is extraordinary too". When I have money it is extraordinary and when I don't, it is still extraordinary." That day, I learnt much from him.
He explained , "When I don't have money, I remember my friend who are successful. Many of them doing the same business as I do. Back at university, I performed better than them. However, on the field now they are performing better than me. Extraordinary, indeed! Wow, great!
Now, the Indonesian for "extra ordinary", that is luar biasa, is actually a combination of two English words with equal emphasis,"extraordinary" and "great" with exclamation mark, even "wow" attached to it. Extraordinary indeed, "Wow", "Great"!
He was being very sincere, he was not trying to ran away from the hard facts of his life. It was extra "extraordinary" when he had money and a mere extraordinary when he had none. It always "extraordinary" with equal emphasis. Great!
Having written and spoken about him on several occasions, one day I found a budding motivator. However his extraordinary is not the same as my friend's extraordinary. His extraordinary had certain terms and condition attached to it. It was subject to those term and condition. One must successful in life, and he has been defining and redefining the word "success" to make life "extraordinary".
JUST SLOGAN OR REALLY EXTRAORDINARY?
The motivator has succeeded in popularizing the phrase but not its spirit. My "big" friend on other hand, did not even consider it as a phrase. For him, it was life. He lived it. I have lost contact with him for this past year. I do not know where he is now, or if he still alive. Even in those days, he suffered from hypertension, short breath, high cholesterol at young age. Perhaps his heart was not in good shape too. Yet, it was extraordinary!
I suggested that he follow a strict diet.
He replied " I've been doing that. I follow a very strict diet, I am successful for several weeks. Then, I falter , I go back to my favorite junk foods. I know this killing me. Having known it, I still cannot take care of my body, my own body. I can take better care on my computer but not my own body. How ignorant, foolish, dumb and idiot I am. luar biasa, extraordinary!
What is the connection with what we are discussing in here?
He is a fine example of man and a human being who has already jumped into unknown! while jumping he talk to us, greets us and returns our greetings. He does not stop jumping, he does not stop to communicate with us. He is jumping while communicating with us.
Obbie Afri Gultom - 7 November 2013