November 17, 2009

You're Bringing All That?

The first thing we do at the airport is check our bags. Arrive at our destination, we unpack and relax. So why is letting go of our ‘emotional baggage’ so difficult?

Perhaps we had dreams to travel the world. Or, after reading the latest self-help book, we are determined to fix that broken relationship (again). It could even be a negative thought we implanted in our psyche years ago. Finally, do we still cling to the words from someone who is no longer even thinking about us? For that matter, they may not even be in our life today.

I found some old cards I had from what seems like a lifetime ago. Without strolling down memory lane and playing a game of “what if”…I tore them up and let them go. They were baggage and serve no value in my life today.

Looking at our past should never evoke fear or anxiety. Alhamdulillah it is gone. No amount of worrying will change the outcome of one’s past. Make a reservation for a trip. The destination is anywhere your mind desires. However, you can’t bring any emotional baggage with you.

Subhan Allah, we are given a new day each morning insha Allah. For those of us who are reverts…Allah (swt) forgave all our past mistakes and sins when we said the Shahada. Isn’t it time we do the same for our self? Tomorrow is Dhul-Hijjah may Allah (swt) accept all our fasting and prayers. Alhamdulillah, may the reading of Surah 22 Al Hajj be of benefit to us all, ameen.