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Words Of Encouragement

Publishing Date : 05 February, 2018

IQBAL EBRAHIM
UNDERSTANDING ISLAM


Usually at this time of the year some of us are starting the New Year with ‘recharged’ batteries or dreading the just arrived New Year, so we all need words of inspiration to help us face the New Year.



Because my very busy schedule I have chosen something that I previously shared with readers years back and I hope will to put a smile on your face, fill you with comfort and enthusiasm but more importantly inspire you to ponder about adopting a life changing attitude. Inspiration comes from outside but change comes from within. Life is Like a Book. Some chapters are sad, some are happy and some are exciting, but if you never turn the page, you will never know what the next chapter has in store for you. 
 

  • The best teachers are those that show you where to look but don't tell you what to see.
  • Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers. Or you can grow weeds.
  • Laughter if the best medicine but if you laugh for no reason – you definitely need medicine
  • When ‘I’ is replaced by ‘We’, even ‘illness’ becomes ‘wellness’
  • We all smile in the same language
  • Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget.
  • Most people walk in and out of your life, but only friend's leave footprints in your heart.
  • True friendship "never" ends. Friends are forever.
  • The eyes are like great friends: They don’t see each other except once in a while in the mirror, they blink together, they move together, they cry together, they see things together, and they shut out each other only in sleep: that's what friendship is.
  • People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.
  • If we are incapable of finding peace in ourselves, it is pointless to search elsewhere.
  • The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life.
  • A change of heart changes everything.
  • Our greatest glory is not in ever falling, but in rising every time we fall.
  • You only live once - but if you work it right, once is enough.
  • One generation plants trees, and the next enjoys the shade.
  • When you grow older you realise how rich you are. You have silver in your hair, gold in your teeth, crystals in your kidneys, sugar in your blood, iron in your arteries and an inexhaustible supply of natural gas!

The Road to Success is not straight and easy:

There is a curve called failure, a loop called confusion, speed bumps called friends, caution lights called family, and you will have flats called life’s daily challenges. But, if you have a spare called determination, an engine called perseverance, insurance called faith, and a driver called God, you will make it to a place called success!

Live for something:

Do good, and leave behind you a monument of virtue that the storms of time can never destroy. Write your name in kindness, love, and mercy on the hearts of thousands you come in contact with year by year, and you will never be forgotten. Your name and your good deeds will shine as the stars of heaven.

A Lesson in Life

A daughter complained to her father about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it, and wanted to give up. She was tired of all the fighting and struggling. It seemed as though in solving one problem, two more would arise.


Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In one he placed carrots, in the second he placed eggs and the last he placed ground coffee beans. He let them sit and boil without saying a word. The daughter impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. After a few minutes he turned off the burners.


He fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them a bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and poured it in a cup.
Turning to her he asked. “Darling, what do you see?” “Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.
He brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft.
He asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.
 Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. She smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. She humbly asked. “What does it mean dad?” He explained that each of them had faced the same adversity, boiling water, but each reacted differently.


The carrots went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. But after being subjected to the boiling water, they softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But after sitting through the boiling water, the insides became hardened.  However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.


 “Which are you,” he asked his daughter. When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean? How about you? Are you the carrot that seems hard, but with pain and adversity do you wilt and become soft and lose your strength?


Are you the egg, which starts off with a changeable heart? You were a fluid spirit, but after difficult times, you became hardened. Your shell looks the same, but are you tough with a stiff spirit and heart?
Are you like the coffee bean? The bean changes the hot water, the thing that is bringing the pain. When the water reaches its peak temperature, it just tastes better. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and make things better around you.


I hope that these few lines will give you ‘food’ for thought and who knows you may be inspired to re-look at your life and make some changes to our lives so that we learn to live in peace and harmony with our hearts and our souls. Now that we have learned to fly in the air like birds and dive in the sea like fish, only one thing remains - to learn to live on earth like humans. ~ George Bernard Shaw
 
…and celebrate the constantly the praises of your Lord, before the rising of the sun and before its setting; yes celebrate them for part of the hours of the night, and at the sides of the day; that you may have spiritual joy (Qur’an 20:130).

Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart. Roses may have thorns, but they’re still beautiful. The greatest joys and pleasures in life are often accompanied by a little pain. Life is a journey; Heaven is the destination.
Finally the ‘golden median’ from Prophet Muhammed (pbuh): ‘My Sustainer has given me nine commands: to remain conscious of Allah, whether in private or in public; to speak justly, whether angry or pleased;


to show moderation both when poor and when rich; to reunite family relations with those who have broken off with me; to give to him who refuses me; forgive those wrong me and oppress me; that my silence should be occupied with thought; my speech be full of Allah’s remembrance; that my looking should be an admonition and that I should command what is right.’
Smile God Loves you.

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