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The Headache

Sufi Comics - The Headache
Sufi Comics – The Headache

Do you know people who always complain?  Whenever I hear someone complain, this story of Rabia Al-Basri comes to mind.

There was a time I used to think that if you’re complaining all the time, you must be “smart”.

Because if you’re complaining you know what’s wrong with the world and implying you know how to fix its problems.

But over time I realized the habit of complaining rarely fixes problems.  Instead it only creates more unhappiness not only for us, but also those around us.

What we’re really looking for is contentment, and the secret of it lies in being grateful.

There are so many things to be grateful about that we take for granted. Our family, friends, our health, the food that we eat.

Don’t let the simplicity of this act deceive you to think that it’s not worth doing.

It’s a practice I often struggle with myself.  But the more I practice gratitude, the better my life becomes.

Being grateful for what we have gives focus on what is going right in our lives, and helps to maintain perspective when we face challenges.

No Problem!

It is often said that there are great healing powers in the Names of God. But the effect of healing comes from active participation with the meaning of these names and not just mindless recitation. Reminds me of a Sufi Story I recently came across:

Past the worshipper as he prayed came 3 people. The crippled, the beggar and the beaten. Seeing them he cried, “Great God, how is it that a loving creator can see such things and yet do nothing about them?” And God said, “I did do something. I made you.”