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Meditations of a Muslimah


I have been Muslim for about two and a half years now. About 6 months after that, I began dressing more modestly, wearing long sleeves, looser fitting clothes, etc. I knew then that I would eventually want to/ need to wear a hijab, but wasn’t ready for that. I’ve been seriously considering wearing a hijab for the past year, but have always been able to come up with great excuses why not to.

My first excuse was that I was working as a social worker, and I was afraid that me suddenly wearing a hijab would distract from my work with my clients– that they would focus on me, and have questions, etc. In social work education, we learn the importance of not allowing ourselves to be the focus or the topic of conversation, to stay professional and hold professional boundaries, not discussing our personal life. Of course, such a…

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Get up and do something

Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down. – Charles F. Kettering

“Forgotten” Quotes

I never deny, I never contradict. I sometimes forget. – Benjamin Disraeli

Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it. – Laurance Peter

What I hear, I forget. What I see, I remember. What I do,  I understand. – Confucius

Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you. – William Arthur Ward

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Will you upgrade yourself?

If you walked into a room full of people smoking and stayed just a little while, you’d end up smelling like you’d been smoking too. The fumes would have seeped into your clothing and only a trip to the dry cleaners could get the odor out. Your personal operating system – your head, heart and hands – is a lot like that. Every day thousands of messages are sent to your system and make their way into its core. Whether you realize it or not, you are picking up information from everyone you come into contact with. Both positive and negative data is being downloaded into your system, and it sticks around for a long time.

I wonder what is seeping into your system these days? What might be causing it to stall instead of operating at optimal level? Or, what has been causing your system to run better and faster lately? What might you be storing in your system’s file that is holding you back? Or, what have you filed away that is suddenly allowing you to move forward? Could it be time to examine your system more closely, delete the trash and clean off the desktop?

Lately, I’m sure you’ve been spammed constantly by messages of recession-recession. If you repeat the message – let it bleed into your system – then you begin to believe it, which in turn creates behaviors that slow your operating system down.

If I hear one more person tell me that we are in a recession, business is slow blah – blah, I think I am going to scream! I want to yell back at them and say: How do you know? Who told you so? Do you believe everything that you hear? It was Richard Nixon who said, “A recession is anytime people lose confidence in the future.” So even if it is true, no one can stop you but you. I don’t sit around waiting for someone or something to tell me what my future is going to be. I create it. I suggest you do the same. This so-called recession could be a golden opportunity for you to go for it.

As you know, Microsoft introduced Vista, an upgrade from XP. If you and your company intend to be relevant, competitive, and on the cutting edge in this global economy then you, too, need to upgrade or be left in the dust. As you step back and think about this from a few different angles, you have actually been upgrading all of your life.

Your parents enrolled you in school, and you were upgraded from elementary to middle school, high school to college, and sometimes, college to graduate school. Every upgrade required a shift in thinking and perspective. With each change, your system received new information that you continue to use to this day.

Through the years, perhaps you’ve upgraded your job. You may have gone from being an hourly worker to a salaried employee. Maybe you’ve been promoted, or upgraded, to the role of supervisor, manager or head honcho. Passengers have the option to upgrade from coach to business or first class when they fly. Look at your cell phone. How many times have you upgraded it to enjoy the latest features? Whatever the case may be, your system is very familiar with upgrades.

At this time in history (a time of great opportunity, I am sure), I invite you to upgrade your own operating system. Here are some thoughts:

Upgrade by Synthesizing information. Chris Sessums said it best, “Pull together information from multiple sources, evaluate its reliability and value, and construct a new picture of the world.” What you feed your mind will happen in time.

Upgrade your Relationships. It has often been said that birds of the same feather flock together. Well, here is a 21st-century spin on that concept: they flock together and fly to the same place. Where is the flock that you associate with on a regular basis headed? And do you really want to go there? Every relationship waters the garden of your mind.

Upgrade your Personal Brand. When you hear someone’s name, what comes to mind? What do you think people say when they hear your name? Your reputation is your brand. You are remembered for the things you do and the impact you make. What are you known for and what is your core expertise? What differentiates you in the market place? Determine now where you want to go and who you want to be. If you don’t, then someone will do it for you. Every action you take is building reputation capital.

Every day is an opportunity to upgrade or downgrade your system. I think you know which one has value over long term.

(Writer Unknown)

ps: one of those recycled mails circling around, but it makes me think, so…

There are no limits…

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life.  There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. (Bruce Lee)


A great fighter he was…

Small tasks make a big difference

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.  (Marian Wright Edelman)

Plan your progress carefully; hour-by hour, day-by-day, month-by-month. Organized activity and maintained enthusiasm are the wellsprings of your power. (Paul J. Meyer)

A single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller. (Paul Klee)

Good work done little by little becomes great work. Your house of success will be built brick by brick. (Max Steingart)