Mornings connote freshness- they represent bright starts and new beginnings. We look forward to them as they bring light, hope and enthusiasm to our lives. But then there are mornings that bring dread and angst with the awakening of the self-proclaimed unfortunate. When dreams gets shattered under the weight of reality and ideals are thrown out of the window by pragmatism. Mornings, when staying in bed means much more than just a few more moments of comfort. It’s hard to believe that the universe is still intact despite our prayers of its overnight culmination the previous night. Why did this morning come? Could our waking up actually be the beginning of a dream? How we wish it was!
Our fears stare us in the eyes and wish us good morning with all the sarcasm in the world almost mocking us without any pretense. We hide our apprehensions temporarily behind the alarm clock but that doesn’t last long either. And with a bugle call that almost signifies the commencement of our battle with our fears, we are forced- almost involuntarily pushed out into the battlefield. There’s no hiding now. The enemy must be confronted and this clash will not end before one of the warriors concedes defeat.
Some of us are so scared already that they do not want wounds to be taken along with them to the heavens and they raise the white flag anticipating a less painful death. Others use their armor of will almost out of compulsion like a cornered tiger and look their fears in the eye. They fight, bleed, and cry but they do not concede. Pain isn’t pain anymore and even though they have read the writing on the wall they refuse to die with the regret of not emptying the chamber at the enemy first.
For mornings like these, darkness brings peace. It’s an arduous journey towards the night- a night where refuge is on the offering and where reality takes a break.
Hammad A. Mateen
Posted in Random
Tagged Change, Life
We all want to make a difference and turn this country around on its head putting it on a path that leads to development, prosperity and overnight success. Some of us want to do it by taking to the streets, some are still exploring avenues and platforms from where they can create ‘impact’, others are thinking why this country isn’t changing despite their utmost efforts put in the drawing room discussions that they so regularly become part of. But have we thought of starting to make a difference by taking small steps instead of huge lunges.
If asked, ‘Do you want change?’ Most of us will say, ‘Yes!’
But if we are asked, ‘Do YOU want to change?’ We will not be so quick in responding in the affirmative.
Do we think about starting from ourselves and mending our own ways by dealing with the minor infractions and habits that we’ve become so accustomed to in our daily lives? Take it from me, a societal change is only possible when all pieces that constitute the society are in place and coherently moving in the right direction. Those pieces are us, the citizens of this country and members of the society.
So, let’s start from ourselves and start making a difference by:
- Being punctual to work
- Giving way to others on the road
- Respecting & following the traffic signals
- Accepting your mistake and saying ‘Sorry’
- Turning off the water tap while brushing teeth
- Carpooling wherever possible
- Exchanging gifts with colleagues, friends & family
- Praising your spouse
- Learning to say ‘Thank you’
- Turning off the AC & lights when leaving the room
- Doing regular ‘Sadqah’
- Spending time with your parents
- Appreciating your co-workers
- Stop saying ‘this is not my job’
- Saying hello to old friends
- Stop backbiting other people
- Starting to think from the other person’s perspective rather than your own every time
- Minding your own business when you’re required to
- Keeping your tongue in control and refrain from hurting others
- Being honest yet respectful towards others
- Accepting others for who they are
- Not wasting food
- Sending food platters to neighbors
- Stop procrastinating, especially at work
- Being thankful to ALLAH for all that He’s given you
These are just 25 of the hundreds of small but good deeds that have an impact that spreads like a fission chain reaction. Revolutions start from individuals and unless we become that what we expect our society to become, nothing is going to change.
Think about it!
Hammad A. Mateen