السّلام عليكم ورحمت الله و بركاته
I couldn’t resist myself from writing this ever since it has been in my mind. This is just some ounce of positivity and nothing else!
With so much chaos in our heads, the busy lives we are all pursuing, stressed out 24*7 and feeling that void all the time, there’s definitely something we have all lost. Appreciation! Sheer appreciation!
I have had a friend of mine whose been recently updating her status that happiness is those little little things in life. Plus, this week I have been lucky enough to be receiving some little gifts from my friends and family and, all of this just made me thinking how we overlook these packages of happiness. You don’t necessarily have to win a Nobel prize to feel grateful. You do not have travel to the Disneyland to be happy to realise that you’re able to travel the world. I tell you, you CANNOT appreciate the big things if you DO NOT appreciate the chota chota things in your life!
There’s so much beauty around us. The innocence of tender children, the beauty of people sweating hard to earn their bread, the beauty of how comforting someone’s words can get and …✨
I remember reading one of the comic books many years ago that carried a few pages in its centre to which some random photographs where attached. Images of plates after someones had their dinner in them, some underclothes hung on a line to dry, some messy nooks in a room and so on. The title read, ‘Beauty in simple things’. Though a little wierd , there was probably something that the author wanted to get across. He was forcing the readers to focus on the beauty of every minute aspect of our lives instead of seeing the pain and dirt it carried.
To be able to see the blessings through the fog is a blessing by itself. Not many are capable of doing this. As a matter of fact, I tell you, there are a million reasons to be happy and I’m sure you can’t think of even fifty reasons to be ungrateful. Challenge, uh?
It takes experience to learn a lot of things. You can’t develop this attitude overnight. But over time. Learn to see the good in people. How they smile when they see you despite the pain they might be going through. When the study burden pulls you down, think of how fortunate you are to be pursuing your dream career. When you feel you aren’t good enough for one thing, think of the other hundred and one things you are able to do. There’s a quote that we all have come across somewhere over the internet, ‘If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of the world.’
To identify the goodness in each one of those things you own, your parents, siblings, mentors, friends and other things you possess is crucial for a happy living. Learn to be grateful to the Almighty first and also, the people around you. I know it’s difficult to see the good in people when there’s a lot of evil some of them are putting out. But hey, don’t ever overlook the good. Keep your eyes peeled for them and notice the difference it makes. There is a narration that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “He has not thanked Allah who has not thanked people.”
One of the ways you show gratitude to the Creator is by thanking his creation who He has made a means to send you the blessing through. Appreciate people, their efforts, even if it seems like a petty thing. Think about this, wouldn’t this make your life a lot like happier?
Take the time to enjoy when someone gifts you a chocolate bar. Maybe you already got a box full of Ferrero in your drawer, but hey! Why not feel blessed to have a buddy who cares for you?
Allah says in the Quran, in (14:7), ‘And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; ..’. This is the promise of The Almighty, being grateful will make sure that you receive more blessings on the way. Don’t be on the lookout for really BIG things to happen in your life, keep grabbing the small things and I tell you, big things will come!
So why stressed out when you are so blessed? I encourage you to scribble on a piece of paper everything that you feel blessed for- your eyesight, your cozy bed and the force of gravity that exists on the Earth. No really, imagine if we couldn’t eat just because our plate of noodles was floating around.
Next time somebody lends you a tissue, or decides to give a lift, take the time to say a ‘Thank you’ and flash those pearly whites of yours. And make someone’s day!
I’ll be inconsistent for a while, blame my exams. But remember that I’ll always be happy to come back to you to throw in some positivity! 🎁
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