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OK, I’ve got 2 stories and a 1/2 for you.
Story #1 >> Late = not cool
So 2 weeks ago I made an appointment to call a brother at ____ time the upcoming Friday for important stuff. Everything’s good so far and I’m excited.
…Friday rolls in. I saw that my brother-in-law (Nakib) was taking Sh.Kamal Al Makki for his Jum’ah khutbah before his “Mercy to the Worlds” course with AlKauthar Institute in Toronto, so I tag along.
Had a good time, got home and (dan, dan, dannn) I got an email of disappointment — I missed the call!
[[I could almost hear few people laughing, because I had another mishap recently…but that’s confidential 😛 ]]
To cut the story short, I felt like crap and fortunately managed another meeting.
This time, I had the reminder on my wall, cellphone, and I knew there was no way I’ll mess this up. I was on campus at the time, and the only good place was outdoors (cold Canada by the way), but the call was made and I’m happy again.
Lesson – The difference the 2nd time around was that I made all the arrangements to be there on time (early) + gave him his right upon me to show up. ((Also, not keeping to your word lowers your value (in their eyes and probly yours) and it’s plain disrespectful))
Story #2 >> Plan for Blood…
Disclaimer: This is a bit gross, so skip to the lesson if you so wish…but I’ll admit it’s funny too 😀
On Sunday I was getting ready to go for Dhuhr at the masjid. I got ready well in advance and the story was perfect in my mind…but there’s a special surprise waiting for me: Blood.
That’s a bit dramatic, it was actually a nose-bleed (I get them quite often so it’s not a big deal). This was persistent one so there I was for over 10 minutes with bloody tissue, and a bloody nose, and bloody sink (eww, I know, I was there)
BUT the story has a happy ending.
It was 1:01 pm, I rushed to get my jacket and ran out of the house. And there I see Nakib getting into his car so at least I had a faster ride there.
Lesson: Plan for the unexpected, be earlier than needed, and you’ve got yourself covered in case of emergencies. Keepin’ it clean.
Here’s the point of it all, take yourself and other people seriously. Don’t let punctuality be a reason for you to miss the important things in life; whether it’s family stuff, education, work/business, salaah, etc.
I don’t know if it’s an issue for you, but it’s one of my weaknesses.
MAKE A COMMITMENT TO BE A PUNCTUAL PERSON, PERMANENTLY
So that’s that.
Your Turn, What’s your story?
Whether it’s about punctuality, a lesson you learned , or if you get nose bleeds too – Comment Below.
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