One year ends and another begins! What have we learned? How have our future plans adjusted?
I wrote a poem some time ago while traveling to Japan. Here I was about 30,000+ plus feet up in the heavens, cruising at about 600+ miles per hour. I was having one of those “me” moments. This was one of the many opportunities to reach out to God (SWT). I pondered life and my reason for existing. The funny thing that happened was I received a Yoda-like answer:
Why are you here?
You are here for this moment!
It is a reflection of time past;
The culmination of all your experiences.
You are what you have learned…
At the time, I was in pursuit of my YonDan (4th degree) in Kendo, the art of Japanese fencing. I was also in the process of overcoming a fear of flying.
I was successful in my challenge for YonDan, at the time. This broke a series of numerous failures. I learned about perseverance and not “giving up,” especially in the face of adversity.
With regard to my fear of flying, I now just “let go and let God…” It helps that one of my best friends is a commercial airline pilot! I sit back and enjoy the ride. If there’s turbulence, I imagine I’m on a bucking bronco. It works for me. Let the pilot fly the plane!
For a period of time, I lost touch with my “inner feelings” and that “inner voice” that I might hear. Some said it was due to the stroke I experienced and the subsequent depression. Now I view it as God (SWT) just putting me through a test to enhance my understanding of life. Alhamdulillah! I am ever grateful for such experiences these days.
Today, I feel especially good. My family is ever expanding. Many of my friends and I keep in touch on a regular basis. I feel rather “feisty” these days. Perhaps a return to Kendo in 2018, inshaAllah (God willing…)
My Lord, from Thee we all come, and indeed, to Thee, we shall all return!
Please forgive me my past sins and transgressions and keep me on the straight path.
Please reward me for my hardships and exchange them for something better.
Please help me to overcome all the challenges placed before me.
Please help me to attain the peace and harmony seek.
My Lord, Thou has always been there for me.
Thou art my Nurturer, thou art my Sustainer,
Thou art my Provider and Protector!
I am in need of whatever good Thou may send in my direction.
Please continue to watch over me and my family.
Please watch over my friends and colleagues.
Please protect us all from bad, evil and immoral things.
Please save us all from the Hellfire!
Please help me to gain the success and prosperity I seek.
Please help me to be a better human being.
Please help me to get healthier.
My Lord, please help me to stay in Thy favor and get closer to Thee!