Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Seeking Happiness

Having one of those days today. I think workload and events over the last few weeks have worn me down a bit. Was planning to spend the day moping, but it’s not really my style. So thought about why I feel this way and realised I am looking at the small things that are there every day of your life and allowing them to get to me. I know I have a choice over how I feel and I will exercise it.

If you look for happiness in your work, you will always find obstacles.
If you look for happiness in power and prestige, someone can always take those things from you
If you look for happiness in your relationships – you peace will be hostage always to other people.
If you look for happiness in your possessions, that they will always grow old, get lost or lose value.
If you look for happiness inside of yourself, at least you have control over that.
So is happiness something that you look for and find, something that happens to you or a choice that you make?

If you look towards Allah (SWT) for happiness you are turning to that which is eternal, that which can never let you down and that whom you can trust implicitly to do what is good for you, even if you don’t know what is good for you.

This comes after sitting in meetings all last week to decide what will happen to my team’s jobs and trying to put together some job applications. I kept looking at thinking: these men have no power over me, the men and women that sit on job panels have no power to provide for me, or even choose me. I kept thinking that all of these people have no influence over my fate no matter how much they think they do. Only Allah (SWT) can change my situation and really I should be grateful for my situation.

As I wrote this, the lady next to me asked if we knew what a toilet-stack (!?!) was because she had to log it as casework. I had no intention of laughing today, but she made me laugh out loud (what can I do - Brits and toilet humour?).


  1. Love your blog! found it today and I will be back! Im a new Muslim mom...

  2. Assalam-alaikam,
    Jazakh'Allah-khairun and thank you for stopping by.