Beauty in the Mundane

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? Our playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

To love your life, you have to be able to love what is already in front of you in your present, and where you are going. You must love how you get to what you want just as much as the goal or item itself, or you won’t enjoy it. Whatever your ambition is, you know you will find joy in it if there is an inclination via natural skill and passion for learning, and especially if you are able to live it in a way that inspires others. It’s in being able to say, “Hey, I found what I loved and was also good at and look! –I’m okay! I’m successful, I managed, and I might not be a millionaire, but my life is great. I’m content with what I chose to do.”

You can choose to be a doctor by merit of how ‘good’ it is, but not because of love your love for patient care. You can’t know where you want to be if you can’t learn to love where you are. Where you are is inevitably a part of your journey. You’re already here. So if you don’t love it, you must be missing something. It doesn’t mean you have to leave the people you love, your family and your friends behind, and move out of your house. You don’t have to eat different food, or throw out all your furniture and clothes. You need to dust your furniture, and wipe the lint from your clothes. Wash off the smell of decay from not trying new things and scrubbing off dirt of guilt from ancient mistakes. Wash away the fear by trying new clothes on and daring to be differently the same – as in, appropriately unique. No one needs to dress like it’s a party daily, but wearing unusual skin that’s yours (but still human!) every day pays off, and it certainly won’t kill you. In fact, it is beautifully good for your well-being.

I can’t tell you how to do it. But what I can say is you have everything you need in the version of this world Allah created, especially for the list of ingredients in the recipe to your success. You have come to prime. Every day is your prime age – I don’t care how old or young you are. There is no such thing as the perfect time or even the perfect way. The perfect path is in your instruction booklet, but your way is something you carve, even if you think you are following someone else. Allah sent perfect words, but not perfect human beings, so we need to revisit the Quran even before we get stumped, every day and many times because we owe that to ourselves just as people, as beings of high status in God’s eyes.

Sometimes your compass is dirty, it’s been on the ground.

Your radio is jammed, because it’s full of dead leaves.

You need to mow the grass to be able to see what’s in front of you and you need to get your head out of the clouds. Even though there is beauty in what you can lose yourself in, if you stand up and turn around, you might find out that there is beauty in what helps you to find direction, too.

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