Thursday, January 1, 2009

My new resolution-

I realize that it has been quite a while since I have posted anything, so I have decided to force myself to sit down and throw out a few things that have been on my mind. While being on this break from school, I am realizing what a blessing it is to be working. Even though working takes every ounce of energy that I can muster, it leaves my mind with only a small amount of time to be idle and I and up getting much more done. So now with all this time, it is becoming quite hard to remain so upbeat.

The break is about over now, and I am preparing for both returning to school, as well as the weekly chemo schedule I will start next week. In getting ready for school starting back and after spending all of this time in self-reflection, I am making the commitment to myself to take more advantages of the blessings that Allah puts in front of me.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Make the most of five things before five others: life before death, health before sickness, free time before becoming busy, youth before old age, and wealth before poverty.”

I think if we all posted this hadith somewhere to prioritize the things we do daily, we would get so much more accomplished. In general, I think that we focus too much on what is wrong, and not enough on the potential and abilities we have. So then, by saying we are getting older, we feel sick, we have no time, or we do not have enough money, what we do is really enable ourselves not to be doers. In all truth, the people I know who do the most have excuses, but don't make them.

So I am making the intention to strive to be like these people who do not make excuses, and I will do what is in my power to take advantage of my life and the blessings in it.

3 comments:

Bama Bedouin said...

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you so much for posting this hadith. I think I will print it out and hang it up in my home and in my office as a reminder to myself and others.

Also,on a personal note, I want to let you know that my prayers and thoughts are with you. Your courage and strength is a reminder of what it means to REALLY have faith in Allah.

I love you and I am praying for you everyday.

Stacy

UmmZakaria said...

Wa alaykum as-salaam.

Stacy, I have always looked at you as a role model, and I think of you often when I want to stay calm and have more patience. Thank you for your support, I love you and I miss you.

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