20 Facts About Life No One Wants to Admit

By Mike Chernoff – Edited by Fatima Togbe

  1. There’s a lot about our lives we absolutely can’t control. – You cannot control everything that happens in life, but you can control how you respond.  In your response is your greatest power. Whenever you feel like you’re losing control, pray to Allah swt and leave the rest to Him.
  2. Our expectations often make us utterly unhappy. – Happiness is letting go of what you assume your life is supposed to be like right now and sincerely appreciating it for everything that it is. You are right where Allah swt wants you to be, so smile, be happy and say alhamdulillah for everything you do have.
  3. We will always be incredibly imperfect. – If you wait until you’re “perfect” before you share your stories, ideas, talents, and gifts with the world, no one will ever hear from you. The hardest part is starting. Whatever it is you want to do, pray to Allah swt to guide you and protect you in your decision, and set out on your journey.
  4. A moment spent worrying is a moment wasted. – Worrying will never change the outcome.  Do more, worry less.  If you can get on a plane without knowing the pilot and trust that he/she will get you to your destination, you should be able to trust that Allah swt will not give you more that you can handle. So calm down, pray and learn from you current situation.
  5. The best lessons often come from the hardest days. – Stand strong.  Sometimes you have to experience a low point in life to learn a good lesson you couldn’t have learned any other way. To make to best out of you situation, pray to Allah swt for guidance, understanding and wisdom.
  6. Success easily gets to our heads, and failure easily gets to our hearts. – Our character is often revealed at our highs and lows.  Be humble at the mountaintops.  Be steadfast in the valleys.  Be faithful in between. Remembrance of Allah swt should not only come when the going is good. Remember to always be thankful in everything that you do.
  7. We confuse being busy with being productive. – What you pay attention to grows.  So focus on what truly matters and let go of what does not. Do not let go of your prayers under pretext that you are ‘busy’. Prayer is productive, it is the key to success and all those who make time for prayer shall be rewarded.
  8. More money left unmanaged just creates more problems. – Yes, we need money to live.  Earn it.  Save it.  Invest it.  But avoid spending money you haven’t earned, to buy things you don’t need, to impress folks you don’t even know.  Manage your money so it doesn’t end up managing you.
  9. Most of us don’t need more to be happy – we need less. – When things aren’t adding up in your life, begin subtracting.  Life gets a lot simpler when you clear the clutter (mental and physical) that makes it complicated. Hang out less, minimize your time on social media, TV and electronics, and get back to basics. Pray, pray and pray some more. Make duas, ask for guidance and clarity.
  10. Our fancy gadgets often get in our way and dehumanize us. – We all need to learn to be more human again.  Don’t avoid eye contact.  Don’t hide behind gadgets.  Smile often.  Ask about people’s stories.  Listen. Be charitible, help somone, donate your what you can.
  11. As a society, we are utterly infatuated with outer beauty. – If the whole world suddenly went blind, how many folks would still be able to see your beauty?  Focus within.  Be beautiful on the inside too.  Fortify your character, and always do your best to see beauty in others.
  12. Most of the arguments we have with one another are pointless. – Be selective in your battles.  Oftentimes peace is better than being right.  You simply don’t need to attend every argument you’re invited to.
  13. We default to judging others by their actions and ourselves by our ideals. – Be the type of person you want to meet and be around.  Be the type of person whose actions, words, and values always agree with one another.
  14. We don’t always get what we give. – You will end up sadly disappointed if you expect people will always do for you as you do for them.  Not everyone has the same heart as you. Which brings up back to point 2, expectations can make you unhappy.
  15. None of us know anyone worth continually blaming. – Steal your power back.  Free yourself to step forward on your own two legs.  The best part of your life will start on the day you decide your life is your own, with no one to endlessly lean on, rely on or blame.
  16. It’s easier to hold on to the way things are than it is to let go and grow. – Letting go and moving forward means coming to the realization that some things are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.
  17. If we want the benefits of something in life, we have to also want the costs. – Most people dream of the rewards without the risks.  The triumph without the trials.  Don’t be one of them.  Life doesn’t work that way.  When you find something you want, start by asking yourself:  What am I willing to give up to get it?
  18. Even with all our advancements, progress still requires old-fashioned work. – In a culture that seeks quick and easy results, we must learn the beauty of effort, patience, and perseverance.  Be strong, be present, and build positive daily routines that get you there.
  19. We never feel 100% ready when good opportunities arise. – Most great opportunities in life force us to grow emotionally and intellectually.  They force us to stretch ourselves and our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.  And when we don’t feel comfortable, we don’t feel ready.
  20. Many of us will have our lives cut short. – Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. One way or another, none of us live forever.  And it’s much harder to change the length of your life than it is to change the depth of it.  So, how deep will you go today?  That’s something you should reflect on.  Because how we spend our days is how we spend our lives.
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