Life tends to continuously throw curveballs in our direction. Sometimes, the impact can destroy us and other times, it is not so severe. Every person on this earth is facing their own challenges. Whether it’s sickness, death of a loved one, financial issues or even the end of a relationship. 

Recently, life has been throwing each and every one of us the same curveballs. The pandemic, riots, looting, the ban of the hijab, bombing of innocent civilians, floods… just to name a few. These events have brought upon stress, anxiety, loss of jobs, loss of lives, disrupted our source of comfort and interrupted our daily routines. Not only has our world been turned upside down within ourselves, but it literally feels as if our world has been turned upside down. *sigh*

During these difficult times, it is important to take a step back, distinguish the right from wrong and try to make a difference within ourselves that will have a positive impact on the world at large. Our actions determine the world that we live in. And if we better ourselves, our environment and the world at large will become a better place. 

The golden question: How do you heal a world turned upside down? 

The answer is simple. “Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.”
{13:11}

We begin by bringing change within ourselves. Face the reality of your feelings. Acknowledge that sometimes, you do not behave in a rational way. Focus on the things you can control and not the things you can’t. Seek help if needed. Take good care of yourself. Learn to look at the positives instead of the negatives. Stay away from following a negative trend just because everyone else is doing it. 

You are your own person. And no one gets to decide who you are or what you need to be. But always remember that your environment and the world can be affected by your decisions and your actions.  

Our world needs saving and so do we as individuals. It’s up to us to save ourselves and our world by healing and becoming better people. 

 

– Inspired by: The Good Doctor and recent events in SA