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Thursday, February 16, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 470
And everything God has scattered over the earth for you is different in color and form; surely in that is a sign for people who are mindful. [16: 13]
Hadith of the Day:
When you seek something, proceed with deliberation until, finally, Allah shows a way through or a way out. [Bukhari]
Wise Quote of the Day:
The eye of contentment is too dim to perceive faults, it is the eye of anger that exhibits all vice. [Ali Mawardi]
Guidance of the Day:
Avoiding weatherproofing: The idea of weatherproofing as it pertains to peaceful living is a metaphor to explain one of our most neurotic, ungrateful tendencies. Essentially, weatherproofing means that you are on the careful lookout for what needs to be fixed or repaired. It's finding the cracks and flaws of life, and either trying to fix them, or at least point out to others. Not only this tendency alienate you from people, it makes you feel bad, too. It encourages you to think about what's wrong with everything and everyone--what you don't like. So, rather than appreciating our relationships and our lives, weatherproofing encourages us to end up thinking that life isn't all it's cracked up to be. Nothing is ever good enough the way it is. The point is, you've begun what inevitably turns into a way of life--looking for and thinking about what you don't like about someone, or something that isn't quite right.
Obviously, an occasional comment, constructive criticism, or helpful guidance isn't cause for alarm. However, occasional harmless comments have an insidious tendency to become a way of looking at life. When you are weatherproofing another human being, it says nothing about them--but it does define you as someone who needs to be critical. Whether you have the tendency to weatherproof your relationships, certain aspects of your life, or both, what you need to do is write off weatherproofing as a bad idea. As the habit creeps into your thinking, catch yourself and seal your lips. The less often you weatherproof your partner or your friends, the more you'll notice how super your life really is. [Don't Sweat The Small Stuff]
Food for Thought:
Send out love and harmony, put your mind and body in a peaceful place, and then allow the universe to work in the perfect way that it knows how.
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I agree with your concept of looking for what is good rather than what is bad. We become that on which we set our minds and hearts. I disagree with approaching the world with anger. Anger vs. anger does not cancel each other, just as (-2 + -2 = -4).
The only way to cancel out anger is to use the tools of patience, mercy, kindness and love, just as
(-2 + 2 = 0).
Thanks for taking the time to read this blog and post a comment. However, I think you may have misinterpreted the meaning of lesson. Please re-read it and you will find that there is nothing in there -- or any other lessons posted -- about Anger vs. Anger. Quite the opposite, in fact.
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