I got up early this morning – I snoozed my alarm one time less than usual. But otherwise, it was pretty much the same. Everyday, I pray, get ready and leave for work, or work from home. I spend time in school. I pray in between. I go to bed. I already know my story for today.
It is Thanksgiving. My last big shopping spree seemed to have been only recently. But much to my consternation, I realized today with a gulp – it was much earlier. It was last year on Black Friday. Somehow a year flew by. 365 days.
Everyday seemed the same. But time flew by. An entire year slipped away, and a year later, so much is different, not entirely in ways I would have liked. It is easy to be lulled into a false sense of infinite time, and go about the daily routine. This was a recipe for failure, in terms of long-term goals.
It was intriguing how, through the daily routine of everyday where everything seemed the same, somehow there was so much difference a year later even if I was seriously lagging behind in achieving my goals. I sat back to think about it. I don’t laugh at the same jokes. I’m not hurt by the same things. I’m not attracted to or seek the same things.
I’m less religious. I have a feeling that God does not answer my prayers as before. I am less motivated to volunteer. I haven’t read books as much as I used to. My academic performances have dipped. I surround myself with a very different group of people. I am at the crossroads in my career more unsure of my career than a year back.
But there were positive changes too. I love my family more than ever before, I miss those not around me more than I used to a year back. I am more spiritual in my approach towards things. I have memorized more of The Noble Quran and understand it better. I am closer to achieving my long-term goals than ever before, even if by a smaller margin than I would have liked for one full year. I am more outgoing than before, I talk to more people and have had some success in breaking free of my shyness with new people. I have consolidated some of my old friendships, and it pleases me to know they love me and wish well for me, despite knowing all of my weaknesses and failings.
I now spend time tracking my progress on my long-term goals. I have a group of friends assigned to keep reminding me of them. There is no better way of thanking God for the time He gives us than by making it count. Happy Thanksgiving!