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When facing hardship, smile, breathe, go slow and reflect on this advice

Sunday December 28th, 2008 by fathersez

My daughters who have just entered the working world, seem a little too stressed up over matters I would consider relatively trivial. But then I have many more years under my belt and I am speaking with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight. 

I have had times in my life when I thought the world as I knew it was coming to an end. Yet we have survived and by the Grace of the All Mighty, thrived.  

2008 has been tough, and 2009 looks even tougher. Hard times are ahead. At times like these, it is good to have a pillar of support to cling on to. I have had mine for many years. And I want to impart this practice that I follow to my daughters on this 29th of December 2008 which also coincides with the first day of the Muslim calendar, Awal Muharram.  

Also today I read an excellent article by Zen Habits on his secret weapon that helped him in running and completing the Hawaii marathon and achieve all the goals he had set for himself. I think Leo has some splendid advice and thus I want to add his to what I have been practicing all these while.  

When I have to deal with hard times, difficulties or tough decisions my source of guidance, support and inspiration is the Quran. And this is what our Holy Book has to say about difficulties. Not once but thrice in 3 different verses. 

“On no soul doth Allah place a burden greater than it can bear.”                                

Surah Al Baqarah, Verse 286 

“No burden do We place on any soul, but that which it can bear.”                    

Surah Al Araf, Verse 42 

“On no soul do we place a burden greater than it can bear.”                                

Surah Al Muminum, Verse 62 

It simply says that hardships are shelled out in such a manner that the recipient can certainly bear and overcome them.  And Leo’s secret is in the words of a wise Vietnamese Buddhist monk, “Smile, breathe and go slowly”. 

I ask my children to reflect on these words of God. The All Mighty has Himself said that we can bear and overcome any difficulty that is thrust upon us, so what is the problem? And the Buddhist monk also sets an excellent perspective.  

So, my girls, remember …Smile, breathe, go slowly and go forth and face the world with the conviction that whatever the world throws at you, it can only be something that you can handle. Be assured that whatever the outcome, it would be one better than the one that you presently have. 

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