What do we strive for in life? What are our priorities. Does career and worldly possessions divert us from the true path? Why do we allow the society to dictate our life. Does society pay our bills or provide for us. Does society give you the inner peace you deserve. Is your purpose really in this world forever. The society sure does make this life seem eternal but in truth this life is short. Don’t allow this world to be your only striving. Don’t work all your life with the hope of living few years in retirement. Don’t envision a perfect world for surely its not of this life.
What should you do then? Work to make a living. Make your own decisions. Balance this life with the hereafter in your mind. Find your purpose for surely money is not it. Do as many good deeds as you can. Understand and accept the plan Allah has for you. Be content with all that you have. Pray to your creator for thankfulness and because you need Him. Never make priority this temporary world and neglect the eternal hereafter. Focus in your career but don’t forget your creator in the process. Chase worldly dreams but don’t forget to work for your destination in the hereafter. Work hard and expect little. Work harder and pray even harder.
Learn from those before you. Learn from the current happenings. Its never a waste of time to do the things you love as long as they are morally sound. If you spend your life trying to please people you will fall short. In the contrary, Allah asks that you strive in His path and He is pleased with you. Know who holds your true future. Its not your boss. Its not your spouse. Its Allah and you. Your future has an end but your beginning will not. And your new beginning will be as rewarding as you work for it.
At the end of your time, your prayers and good deeds will be your most expensive possessions. May Allah help us focus in our true path and may He make the trials of this world easy for us. Ameen.
“Wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for rewards and better for [one’s] hope.” (Al-Kahf 18:46)
1– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Know that man gets satiated and wearied with everything except life, because he does not find any comfort in death.’
[Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon 133]