12 Ramadan 2013: The Power of Thanks

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. – Oprah Winfrey

RL12The power of thanks … well, is there one?

We wanted to reflect on this question from a Ramadan perspective … our finding? Yes!

First of all, what does ‘Ramadan perspective’ mean? It means, we reflect on this question from the perspective of one who fasts from sunrise to sunset and feels ‘hunger’. We reflect on this question from the perspective of one who refrains from normally acceptable desires such as sexual activity from sunrise to sunset. We reflect on this question from the perspective of one who feels the ‘thirst’ especially for those living in hot countries.

Second of all, given our ‘scientific’ nature, we use Oxford’s definition of power which is “energy that is produced by mechanical, electrical, or other means and used to operate a device”.

So, superimposing the definition of power into ‘life’ … we define the ‘power of thanks’ as …

Energy that is produced from giving thanks to god when one recognises their own blessings that others don’t have and uses that energy to do good, be good and use blessings in the best way possible that is pleasing to god generating even more and more blessings

Reminding us of a promise made by god …

“And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]” – Abraham Chapter, Line 7

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