Traveling is time well-spent. Training for and running a marathon is fulfilling. Converging on one’s alma mater to see folks from ten years ago is heartwarming and inspiring. Maintaining a meaningful career while completing a PhD is a worthwhile challenge. Order becomes chaos. Due dates are missed. Emails go unanswered. The refrigerator goes I stocked. Hand soap replaces shampoo and public restrooms are utilized when the toilet paper suddenly disappears. Once you know the difference between ‘mission critical’ and everything else, once you understand and defend your personal needs before the needs of others, and once you learn how to take a moment to breathe while surrounded by 1,000 tasks that ‘must get done today,’ then you have mastered the fine art of letting that shit go.
October 18th 2017: "Currently going through the hardest chapter in my life but I am learning so much about myself. I see what you did there, God".
So I came the above quote some while back and it got me thinking about the 'hard times'. We all have had them at one point or another in our lives. That moment when you feel like nothing good is happening to you or for you. Or when you hit rock bottom and cant find your way up. Or when the 'test' is sweat and tear-inducing and you cry out to Allah. Or when someone you trust let you down. Or when you are introduced to sickness, loss, grief and desperation. Or when you are up at night cause you do not want the nightmares that come with sleep. Or when your heart is broken and you do not think it can be mended. Or those moments when everyone else seems to easily have that one thing that you want - whether it is admission to a particular school, a new job, a contract, a spouse, a baby, some money. Or when you fail at something you so badly want to succeed at. I mean, you worked hard at it. You gave it your best. Or that moment when you sinned and despaired in the mercy of Allah. ....
These moments have some things in common. You learn so much about yourself. You are not weak or fragile. You are brave and strong and you did not give up. You found out that things you held on to like life itself did not really matter. You witnessed your goals, dreams and aspirations change and become more purpose driven. You were more mindful of Salah and you found that waking up for Tahajjud and Fajr wasnt so difficult. Who knew fasting could help your issues with digestion. You find solace in His words. And most importantly, you find that He was there. He never left. You had just moved away and He wanted to bring you back. And in those moments, you find that you came back.
وَكَانَ فَضْلُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكَ عَظِيمًا 😊
God’s bounty to you is great indeed. [Surat An-Nisa' 113]
“Ya Ḥayyu ya Qayyūm, by Your Mercy I seek help, rectify for me all of my affairs and do not leave me to depend on myself, even for the blink of an eye.” Ameen 😊 ~ From Nana's Journal
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