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Saturday, August 21, 2004

The Awakening..

A time comes in your life when you finally get it... When in the midst of all your fears and insanity you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere, the voice inside your head cries out - ENOUGH!

Enough fighting and crying, or struggling to hold on. And, like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside, you shudder once or twice, you blink back your tears and through a mantle of wet lashes, you begin to look at the world through new eyes.

This is your awakening...

You realize that it's time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change, or for happiness, safety and security to come galloping over the next horizon. You come to terms with the fact that in the real world, there aren't always fairy tale endings (or beginnings for that matter) and that any guarantee of "happily ever after" must begin with you and in the process, a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.

You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love, appreciate or approve of who or what you are ... and that's OK. (They are entitled to their own views and opinions.) And you learn the importance of loving and championing yourself and in the process, a sense of new found confidence is born of self-approval. You stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you (or didn't do for you) and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected.

You learn that people don't always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and that it's not always about you. So, you learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself and in the process, a sense of safety & security is born of self-reliance. You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties and in the process, a sense of peace & contentment is born of forgiveness.

You realize that much of the way you view yourself and the world around you, is a result of all the messages and opinions that have been ingrained into your psyche. You begin to sift through all the junk you've been fed about how you should behave, how you should look and how much you should weigh, what you should wear and where you should shop and what you should drive, how and where you should live and what you should do for a living, who you should marry and what you should expect of a marriage.

You learn to open up to new worlds and different points of view. You begin reassessing and redefining who you are and what you really stand for. You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not the outdated ideals of a by gone era, but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life. You learn that you don't know everything and you never will,but you need to strive to learn as much as you can.You learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say NO..

You learn that anything worth achieving is worth working for and that wishing for something to happen, is different from working toward making it happen. More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve success you need direction, discipline and perseverance. You also learn that no one can do it all alone and that it's OK to risk asking for help.

You learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living under a cloud of impending doom. You learn that life isn't always fair, you don't always get what you think you deserve and that sometimes bad things happen to unsuspecting, good people. On these occasions, you learn not to personalize things. You learn that ALLAH isn't punishing you or failing to answer your prayers; it's just life happening.

You learn to deal with evil in its most primal state; the ego. You learn that negative feelings such as anger, envy and resentment must be understood and redirected or they will suffocate the life out of you and poison the universe that surrounds you. You learn to admit when you are wrong and to build bridges instead of walls. You learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple things we take for granted; things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about; a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, a hot shower. Slowly, you begin to take responsibility for yourself, by yourself and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself .You make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting and to stay open to every wonderful possibility.

Finally, with courage in your heart and with ALLAH by your side you take a stand, you take a deep breath and you begin to design the life you want to live as best as you can.

OH ALLAH GUIDE US ON THE STRAIGHT PATH ALWAYS.AMEEN!


Blogger Zareen said...
As-salaamu 'alaykum wa rahmatullah... Masha'Allah very well written. Lots of things to reflect upon in that. JazakumAllahu khayran for your honesty.

Was-salaam ma'al ikraam...  

Blogger lanallah said...
As salaamu Alaikum

Wish I could take credit for writing it but it wasnt me.Found it on the net...it really makes alot of sense.

Was Salaam  

Blogger lanallah said...
As salaamu Alaikum

Wish I could take credit for writing it but it wasnt me.Found it on the net...it really makes alot of sense.

Was Salaam  

Blogger lanallah said...
As Salaamu Alaikum

www.lil-ol-me.blogspot.com is now www.lanallah.blogspot.com

Jazakallah
Was Salaam  

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