Salaam Alaykum, fellow human!
Over the past week I have,
*discovered I like old people with thick glasses and grey hair
* looked at the moon through green green green leaves
Here’s a wonderful poem a friend of mine gave me long long ago when I was a short little kid. Now that I’m an average height teenager (Alhumdulillah =)) on the brink of the ’18 and even legally an adult’ world, it still is a wonderful poem, a favorite of mine; unsophisticated and sanguine.
As you travel through life there are always those times
When decisions just have to be made,
When the choices are hard, and solutions seem scarce
And the rain seems to soak your parade.
Give the world the best you can and the best will come back to you.
The other day, Alhumdulillah, I came across something terrific I’d actually come across before. It had registered into the “That’s beautiful!” closet in my brain the first time and did so again; in a whole new garb; doing things with ihsaan. The best that you can do in whatever you do. Giving every task you perform a novel spirit, enthusiasm and all that your ability can command. Thinking about emulating that in my daily life brings such a happy busy bee picture in my head. Actually imbuing ihsaan, especially since one is in the middle of such stretching long holidays, shows me that I ‘ll have to fight off that nefarious juggernaut force which has been thrusting me into ‘couch potato-ness’. And quoting Bugs Bunny I address that tiresome tendency, ” Of course you know, this means war”. =) May Allah grant us all the ability to live up to our responsibilities with ihsaan and may He grant us the wisdom and the intention to dedicate our actions to please Him. Aameen.
“It is unfulfilled dreams that keep you alive” Robert Schuller
That sounded so forlorn on first reading: before it’s wisdom peeked out from behind those dull letters and brought out that wise smile on my face. You see, I have a ‘huge’ bucket filled with dreams and sometimes the plans I plan on don’t come to pass and though it makes me feel deflated and stupid initially, somewhere deep down, I do realize that it’s all for the best. That dream was not me, maybe not even something I’d wish to be. So I remind myself with a beautiful reminder:
“And it may be that you dislike something while it is good for you; and it may be that you love something while it is bad for you. And Allah knows while you do not know.” Qur’an 2:216