4 Ramadan 2015: Gratitude

The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less. – Joseph B. Wirthlin

R4Nothing in this world can prepare us for the loss of a loved one. Nothing.

Losing my mom was one thing, but realizing the gap she left behind and the role she filled, was another.

Until today, I cannot comprehend how she was able to fill this gap and be a supportive force not only in my and my family’s life, but in the life of others.

But now I am starting to see some truth, and it is that when someone adds so much value in one’s life, it is usually hard, if not impossible, to see and appreciate the gap(s) they fill because they do it so well.

We all take the closest and dearest people to us for granted.

So, I am not sure if this is something we can actually change, for how can we appreciate something we didn’t realize we had to begin with?

All we could do is our best to seek the beauty in others and the value they add to our lives especially those closest to us, and make it our focus every time we think about them or talk or interact with them. From our kids to our spouses, from our parents to our siblings, from our neighbors to our friends, it covers everyone.

Why is it important? Because to appreciate and be appreciated is a basic human need which would bring happiness and satisfaction to us during the limited period of time we, and they, have on earth.

May god give us the ability to see clearly and appreciate during this blessed month those who touch our lives and hearts in so many ways … before it is too late.




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