Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,
Today was an interesting day. It started off rather odd. I normally wake up and get ready which I did today, like every other day, but before I left my house I started thinking more about how my life is, the good, the bad, the ugly. I realised life is how you see it.
If you take tinted blue shades that sparkle you'll see life in blue and sparkle but if you wear dirty specs that are broken your vision will be broken. Its all about perception. I admit life deals a hard hand, and sometimes poker faces just don't work, and you end up letting the cards pile ontop of you. But it's only as bad as you think. I remember a Hamlet quote: There is nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so (ACT 2) and to be honest that's true!
Do you know why? If you allow yourself to be depressed about a problem in your life, you wont see the good in your life. Alhamdulilah for everything we own and the bodies we have been given.
Let me take a serious example, if a person in your family has passed away I understand it's hard to move on and remaim steadfast but InshaAllah we should try to.
This is because 1) it is a test and a way to gain closeness to Allah (SWT) 2) we all have to die, the time has been written down, therefore we have to accept Allahs decree and understand Allah knows best. 3) It should remind us of our purpose and we should change ourselves to be the person we want to be before we too, die.
Or let's say you failed your exams despite trying your utter best. We should understand that it was Allahs decree and not in our power, perhaps Allah has a better plan? Istikara may be an option here if for instance you failed your A Levels and have no clue what to do. Dont become depressed though because a door that closes always leads to another that opens. Look at the free time you have now, to help your parents, to study Islam and go to lectures. Always look at the positives of every bad situation! :)
In this way we do not allow Shaytan to pick at us and become depressed.
What is key and the main point of this article is, in every bad situation we need to remind ourselves that it is Allahs plan and we should be happy with that!
JazakAllah Khair for reading!