Patience

‘In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. By the time! Surely man is in loss, Except those who believe and do good, and      exhort one another to Truth, and exhort one another to patience.’ This beautiful line, from the Quran (103, Surah Al-‘Asr), really struck a chord with me when I heard […]

Being happy for others

‘O! beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the flesh it feeds on.’ (Iago to Othello, in Shakespeare’s Othello) Some of the most miserable times in my life have been those when I have felt jealous or resentful. These can be difficult emotions for any of us – that […]

Jumping to conclusions

    You are walking along a sunny path, and suddenly see a snake centimetres away from your shoes. You leap in the air, yell, your heart is thumping, and when the snake doesn’t move you have another look. Now you can see the ‘snake’ is actually a stick, and perhaps you have a little […]

Dealing with good news

  Your heart is thumping, you can’t sit still, you try to relax but find yourself pacing restlessly around the house. When you speak your voice is high and excited, you go on and on, probably repeating yourself, and pity the person who wants to barge in with a story of their own. You try […]

The Rush to Relax

We’ve probably all done it – rushed through something which needed to get done, such as cleaning up after dinner, in order to get to what we really want to do. The tasks we are racing through are almost seen as ‘empty’ time, of little importance to us. We feel our lives should be filled […]