Saturday, June 23, 2012

All men have tongues

These past 2 weeks, have been very challenging. That's actually an understatement because I was under enormous pressure trying to cope with so many things.

I was on the verge of a breakdown. Thus, when I finally finished marking and keying-in the marks, a HUGE weight was lifted off my shoulders.

Suddenly, the air seemed fresher, the sky bluer and the world was a beautiful place once more ;)

I'm very much indebted to my colleagues especially Kak Saf and Kak Fidzah for their help and understanding. Even my principal was nice even though I fell way behind in my work. I hope that I won't have to take advantage of their generosity again.

No one is infallible. People mess up all the time. And when they do, they tend to avoid the people they've wronged so that they won't be called into account. It's incredibly hard to own up to your mistakes. For example, when I had not finished marking, I wished I had an invisibility cloak so that I could avoid my students and the SU Peperiksaan.

But sooner or later, you've got to bite the bullet. I love this quote by Sheikh Yahya Adel Ibrahim: "You know you are #OnTheSunnah when you accept responsibility for a mistake and do your best to correct it."

So, own up and start making amends. It's not going to be easy but "when the going gets tough, the tough turn to Allah for assistance".

So, don't despair of Allah's Mercy :)

Talking about fallibility, I have a theory that one of the reasons people like to talk/gossip about others is to make themselves feel better.

For example, when you hear the latest gossip about a colleague known for his/her inefficiency, you cannot help but feel good about yourself. Subconsciously, you're thinking; "Thank God, I'm not as bad as that!"

But before you get on your high horse and proceed to pass and circulate the latest piece of gossip, remember this advice by Imam Ash-Shaafi'ee; "Let not your tongue mention the shame of another. For you yourself are covered in shame and all men have tongues."

(I remind myself before I remind others)

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Same old story

I remember this particular Calvin & Hobbes cartoon strip. Calvin was putting off working on his writing assignment. He complained; "You can't turn creativity on like a faucet - You need to be in a specific state of mind/mood".

"And what mood is that?" Hobbes asked.

--->"Last-minute panic", Calvin replied, deadpanned.

I've only started marking recently and with the school about to reopen soon, I'm having acute panic attacks.

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