Eid 2015: In this Eid … Be Authentic


Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.

Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought. – Fellowship of the Ring, Lord of the Rings

I am sure there are many many other learnings but I have focused on the top 29 things my mom taught me and I hope they have brought peace to your heart as they have to mine.

I have found that …

one must learn from the death of a loved on … and change

… learning without changing is no learning at all

… a sad loss of life and a missed golden opportunity

I miss my mom dearly, my sister misses her dearly, my father misses her dearly, her friends miss her dearly, her sisters miss her dearly, every single person she met and touched, misses her dearly.

I only wish, that my life, will one day mean to others what my mom’s life meant to ours.

And I wish, I only wish, that my life ends with a good eternal end.

May it be a blessed, kareem, mubarak Eid to all of you and at the end of this year’s version of Ramadan Living, I leave you with the Top things My Mother Taught Me in a subsequent post and an answer to a question I posed in my post on 20 Ramadan:

What to do when you wake up one day and find that you are carrying a bag of emotions including disappointment, fear, pain, doubt etc as a result of various challenges in one’s life from health, wealth to relationships?

Reflecting on what my mom taught me, I learned that the only way through is to clarify my own heart’s intention, i.e. what I seek and why I seek it, whether or not it is pleasing to god, to identify the key fear, two or three, that drive most conclusions I come up with as a result of these challenges, and just communicate – clearly, assertively yet compassionately letting go of these key fears and focusing on what my heart wants.

While the outcome may not be positive on the outside, you will be satisfied that you acted on a positive sense of self worth.

You are GOOD enough, SMART enough, FINE enough, and STRONG enough. You don’t need other people to validate you; you are already VALUABLE. – Unknown

Mom, may this all have been a source of great goodness to you who now rests with our all merciful, all loving and all powerful lord.

May we meet again mom, in the highest of heavens – I love you!

Thank god I had the chance to meet you, love you and learn from you.

Thank god I have the chance to still be the best that I can be.

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