Monday, February 23, 2009

Death Teaches Us How to Live

What I Have Learned

from the Sudden Death

of a Young Child

1. We are all more fragile than I ever imagined.

2. True friends just simply do what you need and, when you are that true friend, you attract the same in return.

3. The most alive moments are those times when you can't believe what you are living.

4. Making peace with now means you become ok with whatever comes next.

5. Asking, "Why?" just doesn't serve anybody or anything.

6. Saying, "Alhumdulillah," works for everything.

7. Loving everyone for the best that they can do is the best that you can do.

8. We don't have enough strength alone. We need God more than any person.

9. Our faith must be in place during the good times in order to support us during the hard times.

10. That stupid thing, which we know is stupid, really is very, very stupid and we need to stop doing it, saying it, and thinking it.

11. The stupid things which other people think, say, or do just aren't worth our time.

12. So many more people have gone through what we are going through and it actually made many people stronger for the experience.

13. While there is immense pain in the world, there is also immense love and joy.

14. Turning points are there for us to make the decisions which help us to grow bigger, better, and brighter.

15. If someone criticizes your decision, that's because it doesn't make sense for them. Why should it, though? I mean...they aren't you!

16. Very few things actually matter in the exact moment you are living. Think simply. Live simply.

17. Do the thing which truly makes sense to you and it will all unfold better than if you tried to be a, "good," person and do what was expected from others.

18. Your problems could be worse. How? I don't know, but I bet if we both thought about it, someone could figure out how. Thank God for what you were spared.

19. Alcohol, drugs, food, and mindless relationships just don't beat prayer.

20. Death is a lot like birth. Each one of us has a birthing story and most of us wish that we could make changes in what happened. However, it is what it is. Alhumdulillah.


thoughtsunchecked said...

Assalamu Alaikum,
Lovely list. I just LOVED the 8th and 10th point. JazakAllah.

Umm Omar said...

Thank you for these deep and powerful reflections, especialy