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Welcome, Ramadan! Ramadan Mubarak

Or do you say Ramadan Mubarakhom if you mean ya’ll? 🙂 I know my Muslim friends have awaited this season with eagerness. Who would think? At the very hottest time of the year, our Muslim friends will not be eating, drinking, or smoking cigarettes from dawn to dusk. This is the time of year when if you do something evil, you cannot blame Satan, because he is banned, the evil you do comes from inside your heart. You cannot backstab (gossip).

You meet with family and friends and eat foods that delight the heart when the sun goes down. You spend the month in holy scripture, refining your soul to become more pleasing to God/Allah.

I wish you all the very best in your holy month of Ramadan, time with God, time with family, and time in the stillness of your soul connecting to the great Creator. 🙂

August 1, 2011 Posted by | Events, ExPat Life, Ramadan | 7 Comments

Take A Step; Shake it Off

A great story from my Nigerian friend:

One day a farmer’s donkey fell into a well. The animal cried
piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.
Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be
covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed
shovels and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey
realized what was happening and cried horribly.

Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down. A few shovel
loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished
at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey
was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal,
he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was
amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily
trotted off!

MORAL : Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of
dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take
a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of
the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off
and take a step up. Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred – Forgive.
2. Free your mind from worries – Most never happens.
3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less from people but more from God.

You have two choices…smile and close this page, or pass this along to someone else to share the lesson.

August 1, 2011 Posted by | Survival | Leave a comment