Wednesday, February 22, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 476
When it is said to them, "What has your Lord sent down?" They say, "Fables of the ancients." Let them bear their burdens in their entirety on the day of resurrection, and some of the burdens of those they misled without knowledge. Is not miserable what they will bear. [16: 24,25]
Hadith of the Day:
The only way a child can repay his/her father or mother is to buy his/her parent's freedom if he/she finds either of them in bondage. [Bukhari & Muslim]
Wise Quote of the Day:
The bitterness of this world is the sweetness of the Hereafter, and the sweetness of this world is the bitterness of the Hereafter. [Ali radi Allah anhu]
Guidance of the Day:
See the glass as already broken (and everything else too). The essence of this teaching is that all of life is in a constant stage of change. Everything has a beginning and everything has an end. Every tree begins with a seed and will eventually transform back into earth. Every rock is formed and every rock will vanish. In our modern world, this means that every car, every machine, every piece of clothing is created and all will wear out and crumble; it's only a matter of when. Our bodies are born and they will die. A glass is created and will eventually break.
There is a peace to be found in this teaching. When you expect something to break, you're not surprised or disappointed when it does. Instead of becoming immobilized when something is destroyed, you feel grateful for the time you have had. The easiest place to start is with the simplest things, a glass of water for example. Pull out your favorite drinking glass. Take a moment to look at and appreciate its beauty and all it does for you. Now, imagine that same glass as already broken, shattered all over the floor. Try to maintain the perspective that, in time, everything disintegrates and returns to its original form
Obviously, no one wants their favorite drinking glass, or anything else, to be broken. This philosophy is not a prescription for becoming passive or apathetic, but for making peace with the way things are. When your drinking glass does break, this philosophy allows you to maintain your perspective. Rather than thinking. "Oh my God," you'll find yourself thinking, "Ah, there it goes." Play with this awareness and you'll find yourself not only keeping your cool but appreciating life as never before. [Don't Sweat The Small Stuff]
Food for Thought:
Life is an attitude. It's what you choose to believe, always. Nothing out there is bad unless you believe that it is.
Posted by Zaki at 6:11 PM