Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Masks of Life

Life is a never ending story of hope, joy, pain, and struggles. But how much we understand life? How much we wanted to spend to make our life satisfactory on our sight? Do we have a purpose? Do we have a trail to follow?
People from all walks of life never thought how short this life could be. The only thing on the mind of a common man is the happiness and satisfaction they can get from this world. But how much it’s cost?
I was attending a masquerade party for our shift and they invited me to be a speaker during that occasion. I was astounded by the costumes my friends and colleagues were wearing because of the mask that covers most of the faces of the attendees. My speech focuses on loving the career that we choose. While I was delivering my speech a thought came into my mind while looking at the faces in front of me. How people could able to hide a fake smile while inside they are not getting the best that they deserve? Or why people, having a blessed opportunity others are envious upon but still not happy with what they have earned? “Why losing hope when we have a lot of things to hope for?”
Life is not deceiving. It is us who deceived ourselves. Why can’t we say no when we don’t like? Why we said its allright when we it’s not? Why can’t we say a thing when we need to say something? And why we smile when in fact it is hurting? We cannot live a life with deceptions. God give us a choice or choices of good and evil, of knowledge and ignorance, of happiness and sorrow. But how can we know that we choose the right thing? We have given a path to follow. A path that can only be enlightened if we seek God’s wisdom over worldly matters. We cannot mask the pain and sufferings we are feeling by drowning ourselves with wine. We cannot overcome poverty by pretending to be rich and doing nothing. And we cannot enjoy life following our own desires because this is only a temporary enjoyment.
Our life has a purpose. We were not created just for decorations only. For us Muslims, the purpose of life is to serve and obey the commandments of God. In Qur-an 51: 56, the word of the Almighty says: “I have only created jinn and men, that they may served Me.”.    The Bible is also very clear as to what our purpose in life should be. Men in both the Old and New Testaments sought for and discovered the true purpose life. King Solomon (son of Prophet David or Dawood PUH), the wisest man who ever lived as they say, discovered the futility of life when it is lived only for this world. He gave these concluding remarks in the book of Ecclesiastes: "Here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil" (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). Life therefore is all about honoring God with our thoughts and lives and thus keeping His commandments for one day we will stand before Him in judgment and believe me, on that day if we are not being obedient to our Creator we will not be able to unmask the true happiness that we are dreaming of forever. Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatulahi wa Barakatuhu!

Thursday, 4 November 2010

“Pursue work that you enjoy”

The message of inspiration that I am going to share to everyone is based on one of the famous Islamic proverbs quoted from the verse of Quran 13:11 that said: “Allah will never change the condition of the people until they change their ways of life themselves.”
Stress is life. Stress is anything that causes mental, physical, or spiritual tension. There is no running away from it. All that matters is how you deal with it. There is a question I read on Facebook asking “How you will handle pressures and high expectations on your work?” and I remember quoting; “Leave it to their belly as long as I am doing my job well. I don’t care”.
When we were still in our early years of education we often think of a kind of job that would satisfy us when we grow up. And I would like to ask all of us here: How many of us are happy working on our job as Paramedics in the Ambulance? Are we contented and still happy doing our tasks or are we all stressed and burned-out and pressures seemed to be overwhelming! People Working on the medical field such as Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics and all jobs pertaining to healthcare has one sense in common which is giving care to sick and that’s what we are doing here in our chosen career. But sometimes the repetition and routine of this career causes boredom to the people engaged on this kind of job especially since man by our very nature tires from a lack of change. So how we will overcome this issue? For over a decade of working and meeting a lot of people from all walks of life I only found two characters of a working man. One who works because he likes being paid by doing the job he loves, and the other is working for the sake of being paid. And there is a huge difference between the two. So many of us here changes career overtime because of so many reasons but we really cannot point a single finger which reasons best described our choice of living our previous jobs.
According to studies a high rate of success stories in general is documented to professionals who pursue a work that they enjoy even if they are likely receives lesser salaries, but it is the nature of the job itself that inspired them.  When a Nurse, or a Paramedic, and or healthcare worker happy doing his job it shows on how he handles his patients. He would likely to be careful and gentle with sympathy and sincerity dealing with the sick. But when a Nurse, or a Paramedic, or a Doctor deals his patient or a client bitterly, impatiently and with lack of hostility then, it is a manifestation of boredom and stress. We choose this career, and it is our obligation to do and fulfil our given tasks in a manner that benefits both, the clients (means the patient), the department, and ourselves.
We are susceptible to commit mistakes because we are created weak and imperfect. But we have to do the best that we can in this life, in this place, and in our job, and that’s the only way to overcome pressures, boredom, idleness, and high expectations from anyone. Because no matter how good we are, we cannot expect gratitude from everybody. People will always trying to find flaws in everything that we do and in our characters. We must deal with it positively and take it as a chance to improve ourselves. For if we dreamed of being accepted and loved by all, we are only dreaming the impossible, because that desire is unattainable.  Thank you and good luck to everyone.