Appreciate Whatever U Have
A young man was feeling very unhappy, so he went to a Sheikh & told him ” I am in desperate need of help – or I’ll go crazy. We’re living in a single room, my wife, my children & my in-laws. So our nerves are on edge, we yell & scream at one another. The room is hell!”
“Do u promise to do whatever I tell u?” said the Sheikh.
“I am ready to do anything to get out of this situation.” said the young man.
“Very well. How many animals do u have?”
“A horse, a goat & 7 hens.”
“Take them all into ur room & stay with them for a few days.”
The young man was appalled. But he had promised to obey! So he took the animals in his room. A week later he came back, a pitiable figure moaning, ” I’m a nervous wreck. The dirt! The stench! The noise! We’re all on the verge of madness!”
“Go back,” said the Sheikh, ” & put the animals out.”
The man ran all the way home. Aиϑ came back the following day, his eyes sparkling with joy.
“How sweet life is! The animals are out. The home is a paradise – so quiet & clean & roomy!”
Aиϑ so is the similar story with many of us. We complain & whine & moan for better conditions & live unhappily, dissatisfied with what we’ve been given thinking that if things will change, then only we’l be happier. But this is never the case. Happiness does not come to us when our situation changes but rather we attain happiness when we accept & are grateful for the current situation we are in.
To know what true happiness is, look at people who are less privileged than u, in terms of money,health & status. U will then always appreciate & become happy for whatever u have & never become ungrateful.
Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam said:
“Do not look to those above you. Look to those below you, as it will more likely remind you of Allah’s favors bestowed on you.”
(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
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