Asalam Alaekum ( peace be onto you), Hello, Bonjour,
I hope all is well! Let me begin by saying I am sorry I have been gone for a minute (over a month) I know but I have had a lot going on personally. Between that, finals, and work I have been overwhelming busy!
With the weather getting nicer I have finally returned to walking/jogging/running and this evening my cousin, Shareefah tagged along. Boy did we have so much to talk about! We are blessed beyond measures and have a lot to show gratitude towards. Continuously, we thank God for that, Alhamdulillah (praise be to God). Having faith, staying positive, and surrounding yourself with the right people in your circle allows you to see that. So here is a glimpse of our talk – other wise you would be reading for hours.
Life is not perfect (I know stating the obvious), as such, as individuals we need to learn to accept the good moments as well as the bad and be thankful for them. As a Muslim, I truly believe in Gods power and might. He will not place us through trials we can not handle.
And surely We shall try you with something of fear and hunger, and loss of wealth and lives and crops; but give glad tidings to the patient, Who says, when afflicted with calamity: “To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return”: They are those on whom (descend) Blessings from Allah, and Mercy, and they are the ones that receive guidance
2:155-157 of the Holy Quran
We all go through situations which change us, whether it be getting into the program we want, making your first investment, an accident or even a close death. That is no coincident but rather God testing our strength and faith. May it be through success, failure, or difficulty stay patient and thank him through it all. If you don’t believe in God, still be thankful. Remember that there is always someone going through something worse which is beyond your imagination. Essentially, gratitude leads to positive results and every step forward is one closer to achieving your goals.
Understand that some things are beyond our control. We can work hard, and even analyze each angel trying to figure out where we went wrong and still be stumped. Not everything is black and white or are they worth fighting for. Such as friendships falling apart. We all have had a falling out with a close friend. Not for nothing but maybe distance. Recognize your real friends, those that trust, respect, and value you as a person. If those things are not there, trust me you don’t need them in your life!
Maintain positivity and appreciate every aspect of your life rather than being regretful. There is not one experience where we have not learnt from. They allow us to grow as individuals. Appreciate your loved ones around and don’t take their presence for granted. Acknowledge, the opportunities you are privileged with and seek them. Careless about the negative opinions of others, instead focus on working towards making yourself a better person. One with values and morals you like seeing in others. Be the best version of yourself.
Peace and Love,
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
– Denis Waitley