The Last Word (A Short Story)

I love crossword puzzles. The labyrinth of letters keeps me company— a distraction, a small reprieve from the throes of life. But I’ve only ever completed a few. I become bored or frustrated, and I crave a fresh page full of empty squares. I’m too proud to flip to the back of my booklet. As in most situations, I’d rather find my own answers. Why should I cheat myself out of the thrill?

You hated my crosswords— said I should spend time with you instead. But now I’m in “the zone,” and I push your pouting face out of memory.… Read More The Last Word (A Short Story)

3,750+ words on Gratitude, Attitude, and Language (in-depth look)

The research of Albert Meharbian is often misinterpreted. It is often believed that his work is the result of the following saying, “What you say is more important than how you say it”1. However, what you say is as important than how you say it since it is often the combination of two that determines our attitude. And because our attitude in life correlates with our level of gratefulness, what we say and do ultimately determines how grateful we are.… Read More 3,750+ words on Gratitude, Attitude, and Language (in-depth look)

What Is Sent Our Way – A Brief Reflection on Gratitude

Today, I saw a video on Facebook which really got thinking (not intentionally). It was about a very old couple with 8 children (Ma Shaa Allah) who found themselves in a refugees’ camp in Syria, alone. They had been separated with their children with the war, each fleeing wherever they could. They were crying about being old, sick and alone, mentioning how they would have never thought about such a thing to happen and wishing they were dead.… Read More What Is Sent Our Way – A Brief Reflection on Gratitude

Pareto or the Prophet’s Principle? Making the Most Out of Our Ramadhan

Pareto’s principle, also known as the rule of 80/20, states that 80 percent of our consequences come from 20 percent of our causes.1 That is, a good portion of our consequences comes from a small chunk of all the effort we put in. This principle is often-quoted by entrepreneurs and top performers. And we now find many successful Muslim leaders and entrepreneurs are applying this principle in their lives.… Read More Pareto or the Prophet’s Principle? Making the Most Out of Our Ramadhan

Do You have the Right Motivation?

We often go through life complaining of a lack of motivation, a lack of purpose. We may listen to a lecture or attend halaqa occasionally, which only motivate us for a short period of time. We set short term goals that are materialistic in nature and if we do manage to reach them, they do not provide us with the kind of satisfaction we expect. This is because often times our efforts are geared towards… Read More Do You have the Right Motivation?

Caring for the Inner Child – A Brief Introspection

On Tuesday morning, I felt a gripping discomfort in my chest during my morning team meeting. Almost immediately my mind recognized it as a familiar foe from the past – anxiety. A feeling of irritation mixed with panic set in as anxiety tenaciously slithered into my presentation, affecting my tone and delivery style. In the instance, I remember my colleagues’ confused yet curious and non-judgmental faces staring back in kind wonderment. Thankfully, I was able to tame it sufficiently to complete… Read More Caring for the Inner Child – A Brief Introspection