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Month: June, 2015

Reflections {Day 2} : Toxic Friends

My existence has been touched by many, positively radiating, exhilarating, enlightening beings of humanity. Whether it be little moments of acquainting or life-long bonds, I’m glad that my roots have intertwined with these people. Catching on to bits and pieces of their stories, lending them my ears or borrowing theirs, exchanging our insecurities and dreams. Smells like warm tea and good company to me.

I wish today’s reflection would simply serve as an ode to these brilliantly, fascinating and beautifully, empathetic friends of mine (Alhamdullilah. Praises to the  most High  for connecting them with me). But, alas, these were not the thoughts that kept me awake well after suhoor

Today’s reflection is brought to you by toxic ‘friends’ and how they function as a vexation of the spirit. Such a ‘friend’ who seems to be at unease at your  little successes, who insists on putting the limelight on themselves in group settings, who’s sincerity seems to be questionable, who finds it difficult to make time you.

Today’s reflection serves as a reminder: I must learn to let go of things/people that dull my spirit, exhaust my optimism and make my heart heavy. “Sometimes, in life, you have to let people go because they are toxic to you. Let them go because they take and take and leave you empty. Let them go. Because in the ocean of life, when all you’re trying to do is stay afloat, they are the anchor that’s drowning you.”  — Unknown

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Reflections {Day 1} : To Smell the Roses

To smell the roses. To take a moment to reflect. How oft’ we overlook & forget thee? For the next few days, I’ve decided to take the time to reflect the happenings of the day-to-day life. I cannot promise quality writings, but I give thee my word: to bring about raw tidbits of thoughts, that churn the gears of my brain. Without further adieu,: 

Today’s reflection found its way through a FaceTime conversation with a dear friend of mine. Prior to our conversation, I had spent the evening making my way through Nayyirah Waheed’s Nejma, trying to catch my breath each time one of her poem’s found me sunken. Needless to say, I was feeling spirited and prolific.

My dear friend, stressed and maddened about midterms and deadlines, announced that she was going back to photography. She expressed her desire to take some time to herself each day to do so, and then returning to her books. I, of course, was surprised by her sudden proclamation, aware that finals and assignments loomed over her head. However, I was more surprised at the revelation of my dear friend’s quiet passion, photography. Over-joyed with my her new action plan, I eagerly encouraged her to start up a blog, to find a niche within the world-wide web, as my writings & I did.

So here’s today’s reflections: In order to be happy, and in order to find success, one must be attuned with their creative side. I have found that despite the chaos of daily life and its demands, one must always find the time to be creative. Whether it be in the form of photography, cooking, painting, cake decorating, interior designing, party planning, doodling or writing. Being creative connects you with yourself, reminds you of goodness and encourages you to have a little fun sometimes. Allowing you to smell the roses. 

“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.”
Leonardo da Vinci