The value of patience

I am still at a very early point in my career however I have cared for hundreds of women and families, a handful I know I won’t ever forget. If any of you have spoken to me you’d know I have hundreds of stories and lessons learnt from those I have cared for.

Recently I have had the chance to reflect on a lot of things in my life and even more so given the current state of the world (coronavirus). All this and the run up to Ramadhan feels like the perfect time to share a blog post (finally)!

I’ll start with the theme of the post – Patience.

A few months ago I was looking after a woman at work, the extent of her patience astonished me. I sat with her till the break of dawn as she shared with me her beautiful story. Whilst I won’t share her story as it is not mine to share I will share the Quranic verse she left me with:

Verily with hardship comes ease’ (Surah Ash Sharh, Verses 5-6)

Many of us may have come across this verse and even referred back to it during a time of hardship. I know for me it is a source of comfort that this particular hardship will pass and I will be okay, I’ll get through it in shaa Allah. However it takes patience, a lot of patience and a lot of prayer. It bores down to whether one has the patience to see the hardship through and truly have faith that there is light at the end of this dark tunnel. A good friend once told me that you don’t ever lose, you will only ever win or learn. Relate this to any situation in your life and you’ll see it for yourself. So with every hardship you go through you are winning or learning, you won’t ever lose out. Live with this mindset and you’ll see things in a different light.

In this day and age we have the luxury of Amazon Prime and can get pretty much anything delivered within hours with just one simple click! So it isn’t a shock that we struggle with patience or are not as patient as we’d like to be. But it is through patience you can truly appreciate the sweetness of what you have been waiting for. Patience starts with taking one day at a time and as time passes you are able to look back at how far you’ve come and this should be your motivation to continue. Not every day will be easy but have faith, take a deep breath and on these days try and get through each hour – you’re one hour closer to where you are meant to be, to what Allah has so perfectly written for you.

Just a few weeks ago I was stranded in Pakistan as the Pakistani Government closed their airspace due to Coronavirus. I can honestly say I never thought I would get back home. After realising the delay I foolishly spent the first few days moping around regretting my decision to even book the tickets. As the days passed I prayed that I get back safe and sound and began to actually enjoy my time there and I was actually sad to leave when I had to. On leaving, I began to regret not appreciating that there was some goodness in the delay. I created some great memories and connected with loved ones and my motherland all whilst falling victim to the many mosquitos (I still have the scars). The point of this is that I managed to get through – in hindsight I may have lacked patience but this is a working progress.

It is true that everything has it’s perfect timing and you meet people in your life at the right time. I met this particular woman at the most perfect timing, she has truly inspired me. Our paths were meant to cross, it was written that I learn something from her. I learnt the true importance of patience and prayer, a lesson which could not have been scheduled at a better time.

To all those struggling to cope with the impact of coronavirus or whatever else is going on in your lives, take one day at a time and have patience. I think I may have gone off on a tangent but girl needed a little bit of a reflection session, a good one at that. Hoping there was a lesson in there somewhere for all of us!

That’s all for now

Ramadhan Mubarak (in advance)

Stay safe in shaa Allah x

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