Monday, 31 August 2009
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Saturday, 22 August 2009
Despite the specific circumstances which were outside of my control, I created my own unhappiness by holding onto an outdated image. We invest so much into “image”, don’t we? We attach ourselves to the image we are trying to maintain for ourselves and the images that we align ourselves with externally. Even when that All-Knowing inner voice inside of us hints (or screams) that something isn’t right, we cling to the status quo because familiar is a cozy blanket that smells like home. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I like to wrap myself in familiar as much as possible. So, we tend to fight for control of our circumstances by putting blinders on and telling ourselves what we want to hear. This leads to suffering.
So much of what happens in our lives is just simply out of our control. When it comes to relationships, careers, children, you name it, we inevitably attach ourselves to expected behaviors and outcomes. This leads to suffering.
We cling to the past, wishing and hoping that things could go back to the way they used to be. Old ways and situations pass away and new ones are waiting to be born. When we resist this natural cycle, we cause ourselves pain because we are clinging to something that is past its time. More suffering.
This Ramadhan, I have decided to let go and learn to be with myself and learn who I am. This doesn’t mean that I won’t work towards anything. It just means that I won’t base my happiness on a particular outcome. I won’t build my security on the nobleness of another person. I won’t cling to the disillusionment of a broken relationship. I will keep working towards my goals and making changes to improve the quality of my life. Not because I am fixated on a particular outcome, but because I choose to live a life of learning and growing. This leads to peace of mind.
In Tune to the beginning of the Holy Month, I have decided to grace you with ways to dress modesty. So I will try my best to post atleast one post each time dedicated to my sisters. During this month those of us who work find it really hard to know how to dress a little more modesty in honour of the holy month. But at times even after work we are grounded with a black abayah quite stricted you might say. Well how about this:
For those days like today, or even at work you can just put on a heel and work it
But for work, I'd choose this more formal chic look. Make sure the it is a shirt dress for that modest look we are going for!
It's all about the finishing touches to your life not just little things that you think you need.