3 Investments for the “GoodLife”

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Overview: 3 Investments are: Time, Patience, and Life into Life

Invest with Time

It’s paradoxical; you’ll need to put in time (loss) so you can increase the value of time in your future (gain).

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2 Examples:

Walking – progress is linear (it’s in small bits and doesn’t get bigger or anything)

Catapult – Like flying there in 3 days vs walking for 3 months)

The hard part with a catapult is the set up.

For walking, it is easier and within the comfort zone…that’s why it’s the easier choice as well.

BUT here’s the thing, struggles and hardships will ALWAYS exist…when aren’t they there? You can either work hard once and reap the rewards than work hard throughout and reap (lesser and more delayed) rewards

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Here’s what I did recently; it was during assignment times and I still took 2 hrs out to attend an interview. My justification was that it’ll give me a boost and increase motivation to finish the assignments so then I can move on to other stuff…and alhamdulillah it was the smarter decision

Part of my personal game-plan is to continuously feed my mind to keep it ripe n fresh – that’s something any student, professional, home-maker can adapt.

This could mean a bunch of things for you :

  • If you’re tired all the time then maybe you’re not tired, you’re just BORED
  • Sometimes when the progress in life is next to nothing, read a new book, research something you’re interested in, enroll in a class, spend quality time with important people, help somebody else etc.
  • Start hitting the gym or pick up an old sport you used to love to keep physical shape

One way or another, create that zest for life and a love for living – not like an attachment to dunya love, rather excellence towards the akhira.

Invest with Patience

Y’know that interview I mentioned, it was of Lisa Gabriele (Canadian author and executive producer of the show “Dragon’s Den”) held at University of Toronto. One of the points about writing stood out to me, “most aren’t willing to just sit and wait…and then start.”

Sometimes all it takes is a bit of patience and you’ll get yourself through the project, exam, bumps in a relationship, writing an article on time management 😀

Be patient with yourself, and be confident in the fruits of that patience

Here’s an excerpt from Don’t Be Sad by Sh. ‘Aidh al-Qarni: [one of the best books out there. period.]

Those who meet hardship with a strong bearing and a patient countenance are in the minority. Consider this: if you or I will not be patient, then what else is there for us to do?

…Those that achieve greatness have to surmount an ocean of difficulties and hardships before finally achieving success. Know that each time you escape a difficulty you will have to face another. Through this constant conflict, you must arm yourself with patience and a strong trust in Allah

Invest Life into Life

One of the most incredible things is to impact another person’s life through your actions and words.

A challenge of personal development is becoming more than mediocre, setting yourself apart from the masses. But psychologically and socially there’s a downward pull, kinda like gravity of human minds. It’s human nature to want to fit in with the crowd and NOT stand out. A lot of “head games” since we are social beings versus being isolated.

Crossroads

So it becomes challenging because you’re at crossroads with 2 options: get magnetic or get magnet-ed (obviously not a word :P)

You have to (consciously decide and) pull those around you towards better living (regarding deen, character, education, etc) or you’ll get pulled down…back to mediocrity.

2 Ahadith, sayings of Prophet Muhammad sallAllahu alayhi wasallam, relate to this point:

“Man models himself after his companions; so let each one of you see who he chooses for a companion” (At-Tirmidhi).


“He who calls others to follow the Right Guidance, will have a reward equal to the reward of those who follow him, without diminishing their reward in any way” [Muslim]

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YOUR TURN

Which 1 “hit” you?

Share any ideas on how to apply one of these points, I’d love to know. Comment Below.

Of course, if you don’t have much to say BUT you liked this article, just say“MORE” and I’ll get that your way inshaAllah :D

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ps. I donno what you thought of the article, but putting this together was refreshing for me. It’s been a while since I sat down to just think, write, and revise.

InshaAllah if the benefit comes across, I’d appreciate you sharing this with just 1 person or doing a FaceBook share so they may benefit.

Jazakallahukhair (May Allah reward you) for reading/commenting/sharing.

16 thoughts on “3 Investments for the “GoodLife”

  1. For myself, the current area of focus is #3 Invest Life into Life.

    Alhamdulillah there are few avenues open for dawah and having a positive influence on a much larger scale than usual. So gotta roll up my sleeves and do the best possible. inshaAllah.

    By the way, it’s via the Journey of Faith conference (doing stuff with them), grow this site, and university MSA…

  2. Mashallah, this was very well written. It was terse yet beneficial. The last part hit me the most that is invest life into life. This would be like a self actualization stage for me (in maslow’s hierarchy 🙂 if i’m able to do it on a mass level but for that you will first have to invest with time and invest a lot with patience. Just my thoughts…

  3. Both the second (invest with patience) and third part (invest life into life), hit me.

    Well done.

  4. Mash’Allah… More

    Organize your time so that you can do all you have to do.

    Try reading a good book or listening to a useful tape. Listen to a beautiful recitation of the Book of Allah – perhaps a single verse will penetrate deeply in your heart and stir your conscience, bringing guidance and light, and dispelling doubts and despair. Read the books of Sunnah and the words of the Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon him) in Riyad as-Salihin. You will find the correct remedy and beneficial knowledge which will protect you from slipping or making mistakes, and will solve all your problems. Your medicine is in the revelation, the Qur’an and Sunnah, your comfort is in faith, your delight in prayer, your peace of mind in contentment, the beauty of your face in smiling, the protection of your honour in hijab, and your tranquility in dhikr (rememberance of Allah, the All-Merciful).

    ” Sickness is a message in which there is a glad tiding, and good health is a garment that has a price. ”

    – The Happiest Women in the World
    Dr. ‘A’id al-Qarni

  5. Life into Life was pretty cool Masha’Allah. You either attract others or you get attracted yourself towards evil. I was just listening to the Tafseer of Surah Yusuf and Shaykh Yasir Qadhi mentioned that when the wife of Azeez tried to seduce him the second time in public, Yusuf (alayhis salaam) sought refuge in Allah from even leaning towards that sin and then Shaykh Yasir said that the only way that one would be able to counter the strong passions in his body is by filling it with a higher passion of wanting Jannah. So basically, one should pour a lot more life into himself so that he wouldn’t be attracted towards mediocrity.

  6. Inverst with time and invest with patience…

    Definitely hit me hard and feel i can relate at this stage in my own life.

    I love you’re work brother, it’s like you always say what i need to hear.. lol mashAllah may Allah provide you with light upon light and increase you in imaan so that you’ll be the reason Allah guides other people to guidance.

  7. Salams brother Nahyan,
    Personally my favorite part of ur article was the following:
    “A challenge of personal development is becoming more than mediocre, setting yourself apart from the masses. But psychologically and socially there’s a downward pull, kinda like gravity of human minds. It’s human nature to want to fit in with the crowd and NOT stand out. A lot of “head games” since we are social beings versus being isolated.
    Crossroads
    So it becomes challenging because you’re at crossroads with 2 options: get magnetic or get magnet-ed (obviously not a word )

    You have to (consciously decide and) pull those around you towards better living (regarding deen, character, education, etc) or you’ll get pulled down…back to mediocrity.”

    The part really struck me hard.

    Also I was thinking that you should have a facebook share option. Like where you could click on the facebook icon on your blog and it will automatically let you post to your profile or share with a friend.

    JAK for all your work,
    Amany K.

  8. @Annas jazakallahukhair, I like the Maslow’s Heirarchy point 🙂

    Y’know, all of the 3 are essential and should be focused on 1 by 1.

    For #3, consider this:
    Can you do it on a small scale? (you = not specifically you, but general)

    – if a person can’t benefit 1 individual, that skill-set isn’t there. Regardless of how many people get put in front, nothing…

    You may have even seen a speaker reach a platform with HUGE audience, but they’re msg is weak and impact is insignificant. Even FaceBook groups with so many members but they’re only spammers, not du’aat.

    Some food for thought… 🙂

  9. @Mostafa Jazakallahukhair akhi, always good to hear from you. Really.

    @SisterInIslam MashaAllah, barakAllahufeekum ukhti.

    @zurena 🙂

    @Arif Excellent point. I loved that series (and most of Sh. YQ’s stuff).

    @Heba Ameen, the second part of the du’a is precisely my goal in life.

    May Allah reward you ukhti, accepts your du’a and grants you khair in this life and the hereafter.

    @Amany wa alaikum assalaam sr. Amany, jazakallahukhair for pulling that out and pointing at which part stuck out.

    FaceBook – That’s exactly what I need to do, thanks for bringing that up. I’ve been lagging and putting that off for too long. InshaAllah within the week.

  10. jazakAllah khayr brother Nahyan.

    You should write more often- this was motivating. Invest life into life is awesome.

    I loved this piece and i hope you write more inshaAllah.

  11. MashaAllah brother, this is well written, Continue doing what you are doing! Highly motivating piece! My favorite part – “Investing with patience” and just trusting Allah with every single thing, trusting that Allah only wants best. Strengthening that relationship with Him, and this keeps you going, it continues to keep you motivated in life. Wonderful.

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