• My Abode of Peace

    Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but never our hearts. (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr)

  • Solace

    When nothing can comfort you, His words can. His words always will.

  • Some days, the view looks scary. Trust Him. He is the Best of Planners.

  • Showers of blessing.

    Clouds come floating in to my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky. (Tagore)

  • Hop and Jump

    For in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be.(John Connolly)

That fine line...

Dec 26, 2012
As much as humility is a good character in any individual, it is also highly important for us to realise there is a fine line between humility & self- depreciation.

As many as there are people who blow their own trumpet or behave arrogantly , there are innumerable people with multi-faceted talents who think they donot "deserve" all the recognition, achievement they received. It could be due to a teacher who made them believe so, as a child or it could be due to being an average child of an over-achieving family. Yes, indeed, freudian theory ! Much of our emotions & habits as an adult is often due to certain incidents and impressions from our childhood.

"I don't deserve this. How can I achieve that? Why will that person love me? I am not good enough for such happiness " Do such thoughts haunt you?

If you fall into any of the above category, you are probably treading on that fine line. You could ask me, the above qualities are of a person with low self esteem not of humble-turned-self depreciatory. It could be or maybe it is a dangerous mix of all three.

If you think you are not worth a success, think again, you are worth that & all more.

If you think you don't deserve a promotion at the office, because some one else is there better than you, think again, there might be traits in you, beneficial for the post.

If you think you are not worth someone's time or worth being loved, think again, you are probably a gem of a person.

My advice to you is only this : Wholeheartedly, believe YOU deserve the best in any situation. You donot need the certificate or vote of honour from another person to believe that. You donot need another individual to validate your existence in a special way to believe that. It start's from YOU alone. You are, after all, a perfect creation of THE PERFECT CREATOR.

.. and, if you are one of those, who knows some one with such qualities please realise...

Such people are quite patient and helpful so much so that their sense of service to others can be often taken advantage of. They can be easily abused by loved ones or by people in power. They often go out of their way to help others.

But along with it, also do know that their patience with you is upto a limit, especially if you have been abusing them of their trust or their time.

They can walk miles on a rocky road without shoes, for you. But with that arises the fact, the soles of their feet might start bleeding after some time, they *might* be forced to stop....

Simple pleasures

Dec 22, 2012
I find happiness in ...

  • Lying on my warm bed on a cold winter night.
  • Mom bringing a hot cup of ginger-tea while I am down with illness.
  • Niece snuggling in my hand and going off to sleep.
  • Brother coming home for the weekend & then the house is all "noisy"
  • Good morning post from friend in Australia when it's only 2 AM here.
  • Reading the same book over and over again.
  • A friend randomly messaging & making a dua.
  • Friend - "Before I go for Umrah, give me your dua list"
  • A cold night's silence being broken by the laughter of children playing outside.
  • Dad quietly going to masjid for Fajr so as not wake up the baby in the house.
  • Reaching back the same weight that I was while in school. Jeans/salwars becoming loose ;)
  • Brother bringing gifts from Jaipur -a earring & small hand held mirror.
  • Snuggling warm in my bed & watching Friends or Gilmore Girls, episode after episode.
  • Learning Tafsir of a Chapter from a Sheikh far away in Texas.
  • Listening to stories from the Seerah from a scholar in Zimbawe.
  • Retorting to/getting replied to every tweet with a quick witted answer.
  • Whatsapp ;)
  • Taking an early morning ride through Doha Corniche.
  • Reading a "Thoughts Catalog" article which perfectly describes my situation