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Friday, January 20, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 445
We did send down the Exposition, and We are actually guarding it. And We did send messengers before you, among sects of early people; but they mocked any messenger who came to them. [15: 9,10,11]
Hadith of the Day:
No one can be forbearing unless he has made mistakes; and no one can be wise unless he has experience. [Bukhari]
Wise Quote of the Day:
Reliance on God, contentment, and frugality are such a treasury and wealth that they can be exchanged for nothing. [Sa'id Nursi Badiuzzaman]
Guidance of the Day:
Make peace with imperfection.The need for perfection and the desire for tranquility conflict with each other. Whenever we are attached to having something a certain way, better than it already is, we are, almost by definition, engaged in a losing battle. Rather than being content and grateful for what we have, we are focused on what's wrong with something and our need to fix it. When we are zeroed in on what's wrong, it implies that we are dissatisfied discontent.
Whether it's related to ourselves--a disorganized closet, a scratch on the car, an imperfect accomplishment, a few pounds we would like to lose--or someone else's "imperfections"--the way someone looks, behaves, or lives their life--the very act of focusing on imperfection pulls us away from our goal of being kind and gentle. This strategy has nothing to do with ceasing to do your very best but with being overly attached and focused on what's wrong with life. It's about realizing that while there's always a better way to do something, this doesn't mean that you can't enjoy and appreciate the way things already are.
The solution here is to catch yourself when you fall into your habit of insisting that things should be other than they are. Gently remind yourself that life is okay the way it is, right now. In the absence of your judgment everything would be fine. As you begin to eliminate your need for perfection in all areas of your life, you'll begin to discover the perfection in life itself. [Don't Sweat The Small Stuff]
Food for Thought:
Winners do what others want to do. It is never too late to be what you might have become.
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