Peace be upon you, beautiful human being! Brimming to the core, with such raw potential…it’s breathtaking! So, it’s New Year’s Eve and naturally, your time to reflect on everything that has been. Your time to carve out the vision for your life, moving forward. Here, I’ll go first…
Wow. What a year. It seems surreal that we are here, together, as the sun sets on the last day of 2020. My heart aches for the tremendous losses that we have suffered, and yet…it beats with renewed hope for what seems to be the best chapter yet.
Looking back at how massively my life has changed over the last twelve months, I have to share some secrets…especially since no year has ever had such a tremendous impact on my quarter-century-career-of-being-a-human. I’ll try to keep it short, but you know how it goes… (phD thesis incoming…!!!)
P.S. If there’s anything this year has taught us, it’s that life’s way, way too short to not start trying these right away!
The most transformative lesson for me has been…
1. Gratitude = Abundance.
This formula has been spelled out by The Most Generous Lord, Al-Kareem, Allah, Who Never Gets Tired of Giving. Start being grateful and watch the miracles unfold…
“And of course, your Lord will give you so much that you will be pleased.“ (Quran 93:5)
Out of gratitude for all of your blessings, add service to creation into the mix.
Allah helps the servant as long as he helps his brother. (Sahih Muslim)
Want God Himself to be your business partner? Do this:
- Do the math. Figure out the % and who will get what in case the business is dissolved.
- Promise to never, ever, ever!!! betray one another (if working with a human partner)
- Think of + implement a way for human beings to benefit from your business…whether that means creating jobs for people in desolate lands, or making a product that reminds people of their true purpose.
This was the advice of Junaid Jamshed (may Allah Have Mercy on him)…who, after quitting being a famous musician for Allah, was left with no money.
He started his clothing business in such desperate conditions, and was given these gems by Mufti Taqi Usmani.
Now, he passed away in 2016, and yet, his clothing outlets…the business with just a good intention…has spread to all corners of the globe, South Africa included! Allahu Akbar! Allah Truly Is Greater.
There’s the miracle potion to your super-hero self…practically eternal youth, all the riches you can imagine, super-brain power…I’m not kidding. This is the exact recipe given to us by The Creator of all of Existence, 1441 years ago!
Dr. Joe Dispenza is all about this philosophy, when he discusses your role in “creating your future.” Remember, Allah Helps those who help themselves! Take control of your situation, today.
Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.Quran 13:11
Change your mindset to one of gratefulness…for all the infinite, innumerable favors given to you. Would I be able to write this article if I didn’t have hands? Would prosthetic limbs do the job just as well? Reflect.
Not only does gratitude bring an increase in favors, like financial abundance…it takes your relationships to the next level. I mean, it literally changes your brain.
To Do: Start gratitude journaling, now. Before you go to sleep, reflect on one thing you are truly grateful for…from the heart. Something you might not think about often…something you take for granted…like your hands!
There, start now.
Make it a habit, 5 min. every night before bed…and 5 min. when you wake up in the a.m.
Watch your life, and your brain (literally) change. Just sharing the gems. Learn, earn, return…you know what they say. Alhamdulillah. TabarakAllah!
2. Be like an orange. Yup. You read that right.
“Not equal are the good deed and the bad deed…
Repel evil by that which is better, and then the one who is hostile to you will become as a devoted friend.
…But none is granted it except those who are patient and none is granted it except one having a great fortune.” (Quran 41:34-35)
There’s that word we love to see! Fortune! If you’re on the hunt for fortune, remember: be like an orange! As A. Helwa shares in her absolutely life-changing book, you have to change what is inside of you…the variable you can control. Be like an orange, my dear. When squeezed harshly or softly, you still overflow with orange juice.
You know what I learned this year? Forgiving those who insult you is the bare minimum. But next level, good-fortune character is “repelling evil with that which is better,” as the Quran advises us.
That means showing kindness and love to those who hurt you. Wish them nothing but the best, albeit on your separate ways. Don’t let ’em get to ya.
Who knows how much they are hurting…
The next time someone insults you and you respond…look back at your reaction. Was it like an orange? Or was it a bitter melon?
Look in the mirror, fix the inside.
Be an orange, baby.
3. Try new things! Jump! Just do it.
One of the top regrets of human beings across the globe seems to be living a life that was too routine…too boring.
So, I say, break free from the shackles! Try new things!
Unveil that innate curiosity.
Feeling stuck with work or your relationships?
Go explore nature, paint the sunset, revive that love of calligraphy, belt out those glass-shattering tunes, scuba-dive…or sky-dive, write that book, start that business, back-pack to the other end of the globe, dude!
Or it could be as simple as changing your diet, or just…
Read, read, read! (IQRA)
Stretch the horizons of your mind. That’s how you prevent Alzheimer’s.
There’s such less time, and so, so much to learn!
Open. your. mind.
Just do it already!
You’ll always regret what you didn’t do. This is your sign. YES. You will succeed.
Just do it.
Read, read, read! Never stop learning, never stop asking why! Don’t get caught up in the pay-yo-bills-eat-yo-pills biz.
Think the creativity has dried up? My dear, the water does not flow until…
You turn the faucet on!
Submit to that calling, way more powerful than anything else.
OK, so quick summary:
- Be grateful + be of service (time + material goods): key to abundance. journal!!! (Power of the Pen)
- One good intention is like a seed of corn: key to limitless blessings
- Renew your intentions everyday: re-align your focus to your #1 goal
- Be like an orange to all you meet: character is tested when you’re insulted
- Never stop trying new things: Read, read, read! Take the leap! Get out of your pay-yo-bills-eat-yo-pills routine.
- Positive vibes only, without a single doubt: your prayers have been answered. The future you want already exists. Alhamdulillah! All Praise and Thanks to Allah, The One Love…The Pure Love.
- True Happiness = Service + Gratitude = Meaning of Life = Healing You = Healing the World
And the secret of secrets? Well, the secret, my dear, is to just…
When you make a mistake, don’t think…Oh, I’m such a failure, I keep making the same mistake. Fail better.
Think: I got through it before, I can do it again now. I’m made out of clay, and clay is, by it’s very nature…malleable. Here’s proof. Your Creator Said So.
When the high-hi’s fade, despite the low-lo’s, and everything in between…
Don’t you dare give up.
Alarm: Life’s too short to stay pinned to the ground by these weights. Let go of everything that doesn’t serve your flight to the heavens! Let go of all that holds you down!
Leave that doubt – down on the ground, where it belongs.
Fly, my beautiful butterfly! Don’t hold yourself back!
See it, believe it, achieve it! The best days of your life await:
“Indeed what is to come will be better for you than what has gone by.” (Quran 93:4)
You can do and be anything you wish to be!
It is time.
Go. Fulfill your destiny.
P.S. What you seek is seeking you…(there’s the “law of attraction” in a nutshell).
To Our Most Successful Year in Existence.
Your Ordinary Human Girl
Put your trust in Allah. Allah loves those that trust [in Him]. (Quran 3:159)