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Friday, March 03, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 485
As for those who have gone into exile for God after having been oppressed, We will make a good place for them in this world, though the reward of the hereafter is certainly greater--if they only knew--those who are constant and trust in their Lord. [16: 41,42]
Hadith of the Day:
Verily, Allah will only show mercy to those of His servants who do good to others. [Bukhari]
Wise Quote of the Day:
To be humble is to accept the truth and submit to it even if you heard it from a child or someone who is uneducated or ignorant. [Fudhayl ibn Iyaadh]
Guidance of the Day:
Be willing to learn from friends and family. One of the saddest observations I've made centers on how reluctant many of us are to learn from the people closest to us--our parents, spouses, children, and friends. Rather than being open to learning, we close ourselves off out of embarrassment, fear, stubbornness, or pride. It's almost as if we say to ourselves, "I have already learned all that I can (or want to learn) from this person; there is nothing else I can (or need to) learn."
It's sad because the people closest to us know us the best. They are sometimes able to see ways in which we are acting in a self defeating manner and can offer very simple solutions. If we are too proud or stubborn to learn, we lose out on some wonderful, simple ways to improve our lives. It's such a simple shortcut for growth, yet almost no one uses it. All it takes is a little courage and humility, and the ability to let go of our ego.
This is especially true if you are in the habit of ignoring suggestions, taking them as criticism, or tuning out certain members of your family. Imagine how shocked they will be when you ask them, sincerely, for their advice. Not only does this make the person you are asking feel wanted and special, but end up getting some terrific advice. [Don't Sweat The Small Stuff]
Food for Thought:
The trouble with experience is that so few people are born with it. Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.
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