are you iranian?
I consider myself Iraqi (because that’s where both my parents were born) but I do have Iranian ancestry. I love both countries equally though. :)
To all my persian speaking followers: I’m moving to Iran at the end of this year (possibly to live there permanently) and I need to learn the basics of Farsi over the next few months. Any suggestions or advice?
Asked by Anonymous
There you go anon :)
Thanks to all of those who have sent me birthday wishes, much appreciated. :)
10 Items which hold great sentimental value to me:
1. A small jewellery box I bought from a small shop in the holy land of Karbala, Iraq. The shop owner was too nice, I couldn’t leave without buying something 2. One of the only photos I have of myself as a baby. 3. A gift from someone I greatly admire. It was given to me as a token of gratitude for my work at the Islamic school I used to teach at. 4. A keychain my dad gifted me when I turned 18, I never used it, and when I wanted to I realised I was no longer eighteen, so I’ve kept it in my memory box ever since. 5. A locket I’ve held onto for years, inside is a broken clock to remind me that even a broken clock is right two times a day. 6. A old dollar note I’ve kept after visiting my homeland for the first time. It was given to me as a souvenir by one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met. 7. A coin I received from a Christian missionary in the city, it says “Where will you spend eternity?” (John 3:36). The missionary was so sincere, it was hard to turn them down. I took it, smiled, and whispered ‘heaven I hope’ under my breath as I walked away. 8. My favourite prayer rug. My mother gave it to me two years ago, and it’s traveled with me to every holy shrine I’ve been to and every country I’ve visited. 9. My favourite ribbon, which I’ve been wearing in my hair for years. 10. A letter sent from a dear friend across the country. Her letter is so heartfelt and thought provoking. I’ve read over and over, but I’ve never responded because the questions she asks me are too difficult to answer.
Be informed that anything big dwarves when compared to something bigger. Anything hard dwarves when compared with something harder. It diminishes and disappears, becoming nothing. One who is pricked by a thorn then bitten by a scorpion sees the thorn as nothing compared with the sting of the scorpion, something not worth mentioning at all. The Creator, Praise and Exaltation belong to Him, has subdued everything by creating something else higher than it.
Assalamu Alaikum dear followers,
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Your post about Chinese Bamboo was exactly what I needed to read. It gave me the right perspective on my defiant three year old, my seemingly always awake five month old, and my husband's demanding job. Instead of thinking of things in terms of obstacles and inconveniences and problems, I'll think of them as the formation of roots that will sustain my family. Thank you. :)
I’m glad I could be of help to you dear anon. :)
I am currently reading Aleph by Paulo Coelho and I have already gained a personal insight and life lesson that I would like to share.
What is this business about Chinese Bamboo anyway? I know this question must be buzzing around in your mind. When I first read it in Aleph, before the explanation was given, I could not make the connection. What does Chinese Bamboo have to do with my personal growth? What does a physical plant have to do with something as abstract as personal development? The two don’t seem to intersect.
But it turns out that they do. Chinese Bamboo and your personal growth have more of a connection than you may think. Chinese Bamboo spends five years in its growth process as a little shoot, the only visible aspect of its existence. However, during those five years the Chinese Bamboo is developing its root system. After the five years of being a little shoot and developing its root system the Chinese Bamboo goes through a growth spurt and overtime becomes 25 meters high.
How does this knowledge connect to your own personal growth?
Well think about the amount of time and energy that you may have put into a passion of yours, a project, a relationship; time that may have spanned for years. Does it sometimes, or all the time, appear as if you are not getting any results? As if you are only witnessing a little shoot after putting in so much time?
Guess what? It is not time for you to give up. During the time that you are putting in all your effort, energy and resources you are slowly but surely building a root system that will eventually provide results that you may not even be able to sustain.
The idea is that you must be persistent and keep at it. There is a trend in society today that everything has to be quick with minimal effort, if the results are not seen immediately it means that you are not doing enough, it means that you should quit and try something else, it means that your passion is not worth while, it means that you are a failure.
But are you a failure? Time may very well prove that you a lot more successful that you think. However, you must give it time and your maximum effort. Do not under any circumstances give up.
Anything that is worth it in life requires a lot of time and persistence before any results can be seen.
Is there a project, relationship, passion or dream that you have abandoned because you didn’t see results right away? I encourage you to once again pursue that project, relationship or passion relentlessly and put in all of your effort. Others may only see the little shoot and criticize you and put you down but you must become aware of the intricate root system that you are building and let this be your motivation to continue.
where are u from? :) list some of your fav followings?
I’m from Australia. As for the second question, there are too many to list. :)