To look at the sky
To take a moment
To delve into quietness
To only thank Thee
… the smell of fresh coffee that my hubby makes in the morning.
… having someone to driving me around in a hectic big city.
For the last decade, I could say, I am pretty much a homebody. Perhaps that helps to explain why I don’t have many friends like I used to since I have been living in this small town. I don’t really socializing anymore like I used to when I was in my hometown, Jakarta. The people that I called real friends here are only few, probably less than ten. The rest, I’d rather call them as acquaintances. Interestingly enough, I have found more nice friends virtually than in a reality. They even have become good friends. Clearly this shown that, indeed, time has changed a lot in our way of making friends.
Anyhow, as time goes by, I finally found my other special friends. They come with no drama that could break my heart. They come in a form of flowers. Most of all, they come out from my own garden. Although they only here for a short season (thanks to our very long winter), I know good and well that in them, I find solace. That’s why, I totally agreed on what Kakuzo Okakura said about flowers.
In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends.
… to have food that brings up heartfelt memories.
… having starry nights.
… watching a hummingbird flying around between the poppies.
As my Ramadan 2016 is on its last week, I found this nice gentle reminder I’d love to share with you. This exercise is not solely for Muslims, but it is also great for whoever you are. For all of us who always strive for better meaningful life.
Spend fifteen minutes daily to think about things that you should be thankful for.
Recall people in your life, whom you may have taken for granted like your parents, spouse, children, co-worker, or teacher, who were caring and loving.
List some of Allah’s gifts that are not tangible or were not obvious to you before. Sulayman, a follower of the Prophet’s Companions, once said: “Remembering His blessings makes one love Allah.”
This simple mental exercise not only makes you a grateful person, but also a healthy one. According to a 2001 research bythe Institute for Research on Unlimited Love (IRUL), based in Ohio, just fifteen minutes a day focusing on the things you are grateful for will significantly increase your body’s natural antibodies, will make you less vulnerable to clinical depression, and will keep your blood pressure and heart rate stable.