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“You must engrave onto your heart one phrase: Today is my only day to live.

If you have eaten warm, fresh bread today, then what do yesterday’s dry, rotten bread and tomorrow’s anticipated bread matter?

If you are truthful with yourself and have a firm, solid resolve, you will undoubtedly convince yourself of the following: today is my last day to live. When you achieve this this, you will profit from every moment of your day…”

(‘Aaidh ibn Abdullah al-Qarni)

As the hours become days, days become months and years change over in universal transition, do not neglect today.

Today is all that I have. Today is my only day to live. Today is my last day to live. These are amongst the most important statements from the dictionary of happiness.

We humans are quite averse to these sentiments- it being our last day has a certain solemness too it and thus the thought, however certain, is avoided at all costs. This avoidance leads to procrastination. Yet, it needn’t be that way. Yesterday for sure is past, and tomorrow is uncertain. Only today is yours, so live for it.

Deal with the present: speak good, help others and organise your time. Do not let even a moment slip by with it’s lost opportunity.

The next in this series of New Year reflections on the future will follow…

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<< Nightmares…………………Unseen dreams >>

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“Do not live the nightmares of former times or under the shade of what you have missed…
Do you think you can return

the sun to its place of rising,

the baby to the mother’s womb,

milk to the udder,

or tears to the eye?

By constantly dwelling on the past and it’s happenings, you place yourself in a very frightful and tragic state of mind.
Reading too much into the past is a waste of the present.
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This passage begins a series of posts considering the topical subject of the New Year. Traditionally it is a time of looking back to what has gone and looking forward to what might come. In the series, the past (this post), the present and the future will be considered. These should be pertinent at the time of New Year and beyond: there is no limit on how often we pause to reflect; moreover, we surely should reflect more.

The above considers something common to us all, our past. Go back and reconsider: read the quote again. Does it speak to you?… You can not do so with your past, you cannot go back and relive it again. Although this is quite apparent, many people are living in the nightmares of the past. Liberate yourself from this state of mind- the past year has come and gone. Do not regret what may have been at the cost of neglecting what has been and what is.

The next in this series of New Year reflections on the present will follow…

 

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Today is my only day >>

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Take your neighbour’s washing off the line if it’s raining*

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Take flowers to a hospital ward and give them to someone who hasn’t any visitors*

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Be generous- supplicate not just for yourself but remember others, especially those who are suffering injustice and are oppressed.


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When mowing your lawn, mow your neighbours too.

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Pick up the litter in the park as you walk through.

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