Wednesday, October 26, 2011

on reflections on reflective perspectives

This is, according to my dashboard, the 200th post. 

This blog is like a time capsule, chronicling the evolution of my life and thoughts.

Anytime is apt for reflection, but people tend to reflect on certain memorable dates or events, you see.

For example, everyday we should be thankful that our mothers gave birth to us, but we choose to celebrate that on our birth dates.
Politicians like to declare special days, so people would get holidays.
And then there those weird days, like 'hug a friend day', 'tomato-throwing day', 'suit-up day'..

So today is '200th post day', 26th October 2011. Unfortunately, you still need to go to school tomorrow. 

So yeah, I was going through my life so far. This blog started in November 2008, and in the early days i wrote things like

'Theme Park Fever'
'Jalan-jalan cari makan'

and a few other stuff that elicits the response

'Was i really like that??' *blush*

Then more teenage stuff..

and some more teenage stuff...

and some more teenage stuff..


Starting February 2010 there were glimpses of hope.

Then there was a 3-month hiatus until May. What happened? Probably it was about this time that i realised

a) you were put on Earth for a purpose.
b) that purpose is not to work so you can eat, and eat so you can work.
c) why write about Theme Parks and food when you can write to save humanity.
c) Don't just read the history book, BE the history book.

وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا وَلَا تَفَرَّقُوا وَاذْكُرُوا نِعْمَتَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ إِذْ كُنْتُمْ أَعْدَاءً فَأَلَّفَ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِكُمْ فَأَصْبَحْتُمْ بِنِعْمَتِهِ إِخْوَانًا وَكُنْتُمْ عَلَى شَفَا حُفْرَةٍ مِنَ النَّارِ فَأَنْقَذَكُمْ مِنْهَا كَذَلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ اللَّهُ لَكُمْ آيَاتِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَهْتَدُونَ
"And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allâh, and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allâh's Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became brethren (in Islâmic Faith), and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allâh makes His Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.,) clear to you, that you may be guided." (Ali Imran: 103)

So Allah gave a 2nd chance, when we were on the brink of a pit of Hell.

A poem we learnt back in MRSM said

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."

And what a difference indeed. All the words in the world could not describe the joy of living in the light of islam, and the peace that it brings. When we occupy ourselves with work, with toys, with money, it never lasts. The workload will always increase. Toys become damaged. Money runs out.

But Allah never sleeps and he never tires. He's always there when the work gets too stressful, the things go bust and the money runs out, eventhough we never remember him before that.

So on "200th post day", i hope that these tiny efforts bring a difference to your lives also. These are tiny efforts, but collectively - there are lots of brilliant D&T bloggers and out there, and even people who don't have blogs but are super-brilliant - we are like a pounding river.

p/s: i don't know how the name 'reflective perspectives' was chosen, even before 'the 180-degree turn'..coincidence? but nothing is.