By: Valerie Wright
I could say that my journey to Islam began before I was even aware of it.
I was born with a progressive hearing loss.
My mother did not realize that I had difficulties hearing until I was 4 years old.
Once it was discovered, I received my first hearing aids, and began attending a school where hearing and deaf children were integrated.
At first I was placed in classes that contained only deaf children. Then I began to attend some classes with hearing children, and I had a teacher come to help me learn how to integrate. I felt at home there. I did not realize that I was being prepared to leave the school and go to a mainstream public school.
Late last year, a Horizon documentary aired on BBC 2 named, “Eat, Fast and Live Longer” (see video above). In the documentary Dr Michael Mosley set himself a truly ambitious goal: he wants to live longer, stay younger and lose weight in the bargain. And he wants to make as few changes to his life as possible along the way. He discovers the powerful new science behind the ancient idea of fasting, and he thinks he’s found a way of doing it that still allows him to enjoy his food. Michael tests out the science of fasting on himself – with life-changing results.
A poor man becomes rich, the moment that he discovers the treasure hidden in his heart. You do not have to look far to find your fortune, it lies in waiting beneath the exterior that you show to the world.
Deep within you is the answer to all of your dreams, if you just look within and stop looking everywhere but yourself for the answer to happiness.
Yes it is that simple, it only takes a change in attitude a dropping of all the barriers that keep you far from love. That is all you need to do.
Drop the ego, it has not served you well has it, be as humble as the beggar, be happy for small mercies, stop looking for the next fix through material gain. Happiness is not found in the bottom of a wine glass, neither is it found in following all your wants and desires. It is found when you are happy to simply be you.
When you are content with yourself, the whole world joins together in your happiness. The sun will rise giving you a big wink for understanding the simplicity of living.
Dean Martin used to sing a song called Dreamer With A Penny, the words go like this.
“I’d rather be a dreamer with a penny Than a rich man with a worried mind Here I am with wealth untold The moonlight is my silver the sunshine is my gold”
It is that simple, the only thing holding you back is you. It does not matter how much money you have or do not have, success is a mental state of being.
Words By Leon Brown