Rays of Splendour

Of sincere giving and goodness

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I love train and bus rides for the opportunities to either catch up on sleep, read, or simply let the mind wander to wherever it wants to. Sometimes, these wanderings lead me to reflect on things while sometimes, I would simply ponder upon matters that need my attention and how best to respond to them. When I say “matters”, I am not just referring to serious things like how to allocate my budget but also, things like what to eat as soon as the ride ends!

Today as I rode the train from Boon Lay to Paya Lebar, I chose to let the mind wander and the following poem seems to resonate with where my thoughts led to:

“Even after all this time the Sun never says to the Earth, “You owe me”. Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky.
Hafiz Shirazi

At its core, this poem reflects the unlimited generosity and mercy of Allah swt. However at a personal level, I find his poem also speaks of my belief when it comes to love and relationships which ultimately influences the way I relate to the people around me. Beyond that and of utmost importance, I’m more attracted to the idea of selflessness and to give without expecting anything in return that the poem propagates.

To give of your generosity, your kindness, your possessions, your love, your empathy, your time. Basically, to give of yourself simply because you sincerely believe that the gift is much needed by the other and through that, something beautiful is created in the process.

One of the things that went through my mind which reminded me of this poem was in the way my parents interacted and encouraged me in the past few days. Sometimes I ask myself whether I can ever reciprocate all that they have done for me.

Lastly, I do also wonder whether I will ever be able to find it in me to give a part of myself so sincerely and create goodness as well as beauty for the receiver through that?

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