The novelty of things

Sometimes we get too caught up in the novelty of things that we are blinded of the true value of things. Things such as branding is one way where we place certain products on a pedestal as compared to others that may even be better.

However, that is not hat I want to talk about. Mark Manson discussed on the idea of the novelty of travelling that he has this itch to always go to the most scenic of places as Lon as he sees it on Instagram. His purpose is that he might be able to feel the wanderlust and not be left out in the race of beautiful places.

I feel that that is the problem of our society nowadays. We’re quick to determine what is novel or not based on the frequency of it being shown on social media. Social media, in a way, has skewed our perception of the world, putting certain thing high up on the pedestal while others… seemingly become quiet and non existent.

Anyway, there is just this race to be better, to be more aesthetic and to be more. The race to be more is killing us, trying to rid us of our free will, deciding for us what is novel and what is not. We tend to follow our instincts rather than our intellects. And we all know how our instincts can sometimes go terribly wrong.

I just urge all of us to be more conscious of our choices and to truly appreciate and understand the value of things and not be caught up trying to one up each other.

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To be prepared

Sometimes we fear losing things or we fear losing a job when we take a particular risk. Tell yourself, what is the worst that could happen to you? What would happen if you lost everything? Will you still be able to live or survive? Will you still be able to find some sort of income somewhere and all you had to do is to minimise spending and your lifestyle?

Most of the time, that is the case. Most of the time, we can survive. All we have to do is sacrifice a little.

I guess another part of it is to prepare for the worst. To be at your worst is to prepare yourself when it actually comes.

Doa. Doa. Doa.

“O Allah, I ask You for all that is good, in this world and in the Hereafter, what I know and what I do not know. O Allah, I seek refuge with You from all evil, in this world and in the Hereafter, what I know and what I do not know.”

[Hadith reported by Imam Ahmad]

Is it normal to sin?

Aren’t we humans and incapable of being perfect?

Why is it so hard to be on the straight path?

Even the pious will fall into transgressions.

May we be forgiven for everything that we have done in the past and in the future. Amin.

I cannot take it anymore.

Sometimes, it feels like a part of me dies every time.

It has lost its purpose.

“We must remember that when it seems as though no other person can help or listen to our griefs, Allah s.w.t. is always here with us. When we are caught up in a difficult situation and feel that there are no means to a solution, when we feel that the challenge we face is becoming unmanageable – remember that du’a is the weapon of a Mukmin when he is faced with such challenges.”

Doa.

Every single time we are faced with tribulations.

Don’t ever think that we are above the power of doa.

We are always in need of Him.

We are powerless without Him for He is the one that sustains us.

Don’t be lazy

Hello, it has been a while hasn’t it?

Tomorrow will be Week 4 of school. Can you believe that it has already been a month since school started? I don’t feel as if that is the case. It is either my modules are on a chill pace or I’m just not picking up as fast as I think I should be.

Anyway, as time draws nearer to examinations, the inertia to do things that one might not want to do increases. It becomes a chore to do them and without us knowing why, we become lazy and procrastinate the work. However, we need to recheck on why we feel that way because most of the time, we are not incapable of doing it but rather, we fear the work or the consequences that comes with doing a bad work.

I am guilty of that. As an aspiring entrepreneur, I need to work on my craft and my ideas. However, I have not been working hard enough in learning new skills and building up my portfolio and on the foundations of a company. I have yet to design a permanent logo and also a business plan and model. I probably have to start learning about investments.

Anyway, there is a lot of slack that I need to tighten and InsyaAllah, I’ll get there some day,. I just got to work harder.

We must test ourselves

I think most of us are afraid of testing ourselves, to know where we stand to the point that we scare ourselves to mediocrity.

Instead of testing ourselves and pushing ourselves to the limit, we lead lives or normalcy, never growing, never developing.

Just like a muscle that only grows upon stress, we should put ourselves in stressful situations to know how far we can achieve. Only through such experiences can we truly become better.

One such example is that of National Service. To be honest, I don’t know how I went through 7 months of painful Rota Commander training but it was with that pressure and stress that made me the fittest that I’ll ever be. And looking forward, there’s nothing that is worse or can be worse than that!

We should never be afraid to put ourselves through sh**. One thing is entrepreneurship. One cannot always be comfortable and count the risks. Go all in and learn how far can you go. Sometimes, it might surprise you.

Why worry

Sometimes we overthink and by overthinking, we tend to come up with some ridiculous scenarios which in actuality are unlikely to happen.

We should only care about what we can control and not what we can’t.