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Saturday, February 25, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 479
Those opposing their own souls when the angels take them; they will propose peace--'We did no wrong'--but God is well aware of what you have been doing. "So enter the gates of hell, to abide therein. And wretched indeed is the abode of the arrogant." [16: 28,29]
Hadith of the Day:
The good that can be done for the parents after their death is by praying for them, asking forgiveness for them, fulfilling their obligations by honoring their friends, and maintaining family ties that would not exist but for them. [Bukhari]
Wise Quote of the Day:
For those who put in order what is between them and God, God will put in order what is between them and other people. And those who put in order their task for the Hereafter, God puts in order their business in this world. [Ali radi Allah anhu]
Guidance of the Day:
Be grateful when you are feeling good and graceful when you are feeling bad. The happiest person on earth isn't always happy. In fact, the happiest people all have their fair share of low moods, problems, disappointments, and heartache. Often the difference between a person who is happy and someone who is unhappy isn't how often they get low, or even how low they drop, but instead, it's what they do with their low moods. How do they relate to their changing feelings?
When you observe peaceful, relaxed people, you find that when they are feeling good, they are very grateful. They understand that both positive and negative feelings come and go, and that there will come a time when they won't be feeling so good. To happy people, this is okay, it's the way of things. They accept the inevitability of passing feelings. So, when they are feeling depressed, angry, or stressed out, they relate to these feelings with the same openness and wisdom. Rather than fight their feelings and panic simply because they are feeling bad, they accept their feelings, knowing that this too shall pass. This allows them to come gently and gracefully out of negative feeling states into more positive states of mind.
The next time you are feeling bad, rather than fight it, try to relax. See if, instead of panicking, you can be graceful and calm. Know that if you don't fight your negative feelings, if you are graceful, they will pass away just as surely as the sun sets in the evening. [Don't Sweat The Small Stuff]
Food for Thought:
If enough of us shied away from conflict and confrontation, just imagine how much war we could eliminate. The total being called human being cannot function harmoniously when the components are in conflict.
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