24 Things That Make You Beautiful

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Thought Catalog

1. Being able to differentiate between criticizing someone’s ideas and actions, and talking about the way they look. Understanding that making fun of someone’s appearance — aside from being incredibly cruel — only makes you look bad.

2. Making a concerted effort not to talk negatively about people when they’re not around, even if you’re angry with them and it would be a good little guilty pleasure to unload your concerns on someone else.

3. Not leading people on whom you know are much more interested in you romantically than you are in them. Taking the initial heat of saying “no” and being direct, rather than dragging things out and ultimately hurting their feelings even more.

4. Listening to people when they are having a hard time, and trying to imagine what it must feel like to be going through what they are.

5. Forgiving people who may wrong you…

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Today’s reminder to myself: Be present, be aware, and be conscious.

The best way to lose control of the present is to live in the future or settle down in the past. One is yet to come and the other will never return.

Equations of Idealism

I haven’t written in a while. Not that I didn’t want to, or even that I didn’t have anything to write about, because if anything, I could never have enough topics to go on and on about. I guess it was because I felt awkward wondering if I should write in my actual journal or not—considering that I now have this blog as an outlet to express myself. And since not many people actually read my posts to begin with, I didn’t think it would be too much of a problem if I just wrote whatever the heck was on my mind. Regardless, I couldn’t bring myself to choose this cold and strange medium over my warm and familiar journal. I guess some things never change.

Today I wanted to write a little bit about idealism.

Sometimes I think I get caught up in the idea that my life is supposed to go a certain way. That A plus B plus C subtracted by D divided by E has to equal X. And if it doesn’t, the equation doesn’t balance. And God forbid the equation doesn’t balance, haha.

But what I’ve learnt is that no matter how I get there, Allah already has the answer for X. And InshaAllah, A, B, C, D and E will also eventually find their carefully constructed places amongst the equation. Some subtracted, some divided, some added and some multiplied—I just don’t know right now. In any case, developing strong mathematical skills (imaan) is the only way to build confidence in order to understand that the equation will balance and equal the amount it was destined for.