Mr. Moeliono, an ‘environmental warrior’ approached me after the conferment of Tri Hita Karana (THK) Nugraha some time ago in the Wantilan hall of BaliTV. The award, initiated by Bali Travel News, is given to anyone who is deemed to have a positive contribution to Bali, especially in the perspective of Tri Hita Karana itself. This sublime Balinese philosophy features the effort to always maintain harmonious relationship to God (Parahyangan), human relations with the surrounding community (Pawongan) as well as the community and the natural environment (Palemahan).
Well, Mr. Moeliono is known as a figure that always encourages the people of Bali to combat rubbish, especially plastic waste. The breakthrough made by this man with his group has been targeting almost all areas and regions in Bali especially the sacred areas. In this case, he cannot work alone. By all means, he works with other elements of community such as customary village, students, media, military and others.
“Mr. Pal ...,” he told me. “We cannot stop at one point only, at the point where receiving the award. The important thing is the next step, how to involve the winners or the other award recipients as well as the community to move. It is doing something positive for Bali,” he said.
I nodded as sign of agreement. Mr. Mul, as he is usually called, is correct. Frequently, we fall asleep at particular point of success considered as the end point. Actually, it is not the end of the achievement. It means a beginning to do a strategy for the next step. What’s next? We often fall into stagnancy at one point because it already gives self-satisfaction.
Of course, this context can be further elaborate, not only after we get an award. When completing our study, we get a diploma. When having earned our bachelor degree, when we’ve reached the peak of career and so on, what’s next? We have to tread from the beginning. If we already have a strong foundation, the next step will be a little easier than when it must be started from zero. This one is often forgotten. It’s an achievement, not an end point. It is the start for us to do goodness.
Even, after worshipping, invoking safety, welfare and health to God, what’s next? Definitely, it must be continued with the other enlightenment efforts having an implementation for wider community. Our devotion and struggle must continue. There is no right time to stop for doing goodness for others. In this context, we must remain concerned about the future of Bali.
Essentially, probably we should not be too complacent against the achievement at hand. The duties and obligations must be worked on so the achievement can be improved and be meaningful to humans and humanity. Besides, of course, we must always be grateful for the achievement having been passed along.