Superpower of Du’a

We can only do so much when it comes to dealing with human behaviour. It ain’t easy changing Obstinance to being Obedient or Compliant. It can be crippling to ones self-esteem or motivation when good intentions to help someone is misconstrued or simply ignored.

Which is precisely whats happening between me and one of my brothers. It is very hard to find a balance between being supportive but also careful not to ruffle any feathers. Men can be so sensitive. hahaha.

Because of this minor conflict, I begin to think about other people whose problems could be worse than mine. What if they’ve exhausted every single effort, grit and sweat to initiate a change greatly needed for the benefit of all? What else can they do?

many nights we pray, with no proof anyone could hear, in our hearts a hopeful song, we barely understood, now we are not afraid.. although we know there’s much to fear, we were moving mountains long, before we know we could..

There can be miracles when you believe

 

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hope for a miracle

…through prayers. through du’a.

I once went to a Quran TAgging workshop by AyeshaShahira and in our goodie file, we were each given this small , cute book that has Allah’s 99 names. I had thought to myself, ‘i know asmaul husna, why would they need to make a notebook out it’. 

Ayesha somehow made us understand more about the names of Allah. About curating our du’a. To be in Allah’s good books.

We should strive to learn all 99 names of ALLAH. InsyaAllah, it will please Him and make our wishes underneath the great big sky sound so so beautiful. Indeed, ask from Allah for help, to help you help others. In my case, it would be me asking from Allah to give guidance to my brother in the best way possible so he could become a better person. Maybe give him a life changing dream or something to get him a head start in life. Allah knows best, for He shapes our Qadak dan Qadar. .

Finally, I’m not sure if you realize it or not, but for a muslim to make du’a for someone else’s well being is one of the most rewarding thing you could do for yourself too.

“…the dua of a muslim for his brother (in Islam) in his absence is readily accepted, and an angel is appointed to his side, whenever he makes a beneficial dua for his brother the appointed angel says “Ameen and may you also be blessed with the same”

[Muslim]

Catch up journaling with HoboMinci

My A5 Cousin Avec is coming into its final month before I change into the 2nd book. I like how this 1st book is becoming thick and bulky with all the momentoes I have kept inside. I am glad to have chosen this size for my planning & journaling this year. Previously, I used an A6 but I soon discover that alongside my heavy usage, it will get too thick too fast thus causing a bit of difficulty while writing into a new page.

I have been quite consistent with my journaling/planning. If for some reason, I don’t get to jot down stuff in my Hobonichi, I will set up a few hours of a particular day or weekend to do some catching up. I use washi tapes, stickers and colourful papers. I tried to incorporate water color but I guess I am not that talented. 🙊

Apart from anecdotes of daily lives, I would pen down meaningful quotes, film reviews and general thoughts on current conditions. Part of my hobby is inspired by the planner addicts in Malaysia. And then there is Rainbowholic, whose method of Kawaii Journaling is questioned from time to time by curious minds who could not arrange nice words upon asking a question to her. I am amazed though at how calm she was in answering those doubts of ‘wasting time’, ‘ pasting stickers and washi tape all over is a waste and not art’ or ‘whats the point of using Hobonichi is you are going to cover it all up’ bla bla bla.  Rainbowholic a. k.a Kaila was so patient in addressing these issues!. No wonder despite all the critics, she managed to grow her Youtube channel and many years later manage to set up a Patreon to fund her passion. Now, that’s a dream job. 

After a few cookie bakings in between my hours of catch up journaling, I am happy to see that most of the pages in my Avec are filled to the fullest. ALhamdulilah.. 

HoboMinci. Busy weekends in a row.

First there was that sudden, last minute holiday to Macao. Anything that pops up my schedule unknowingly within 2 weeks is last minute. I prefer a form of preparation for at least a month to get my stuff sorted out. I hate surprises that disrupts my schedule.

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Then there was the clinics family day. I was awarded the most popular doctor but that could be because I haven’t actually scolded or reprimanded everyone yet. I bet they will change their mind once I’ve stayed put at this place for at least another year. Ha ha ha.

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Finally there was also that holiday trip to Universal Studio Singapore. I will write later on the hotel that we stayed in and about the trip itself.

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And today I had a work-related course which took up my whole day. I am so exhausted with all the listening especially it being a very heavy topic. It is about management of HIV patients. I like the new insight and is excited about the new knowledge cause I never handled personally HIV patients in my clinic as the more senior ones are in charge.

But the day got to a point where I am just.damn.tired. 

I think I am going to continue watching my K-Drama now, Terius Behind Me. Yup, I am on a So Ji Sub obsession right now.

PAM’s Planner Soiree happened last weekend but I was not there

The Planner Addict Malaysia  (PAM) committee members organized a 12 hour soiree last weekend, offering workshops, talks, food and swag bags for attendees. The fee was appropriate but Timing was not really on my side. It’s not that I had a big event happening. It’s just one of those Weekend Dilemma for a woman with hobbies.

It’s one of those guilty feelings of having to leave your kids to attend something non compulsory. Especially when you have just attended another one the weekend before. Or you’re scheduled for another weekend activity without the kids in 2 weeks time. To be honest, I don’t really know how to explain.

Somehow it is fine to work on something at home with the kids around you despite them probably on a video game or just messing up your folded laundry. ha ha ha. 

The Planner Soiree welcomed kids to the event too but with no other adult with me to help watch the kids while I do my thing, it was not possible. Plus, I don’t think both Ninie and Ee would enjoy being confined in a strange place for 12 hours. Anyway, I heard that the Swag Bag was a hit. I’d really like to see what is inside. If you happen to be a fellow PAM member, with a blog, writing about the event, please share me the link yahhh..

In the meantime, this is an attempt of me making a Plan With Me video using my Samsung A7. Its damn short. The length is enough for an IG post. ha ha.  I need to find a better angle. Better pics and music. We will build up on that skill InsyaAllah.. 

 

Credit : Music by @olivialanemusic – Hey 3AM via @hellothematic

Change demands patience

Remember the promo video I made for our upcoming Family Day?

Well, let’s just say that the precious hours I spent creating it over the weekend seems to be of no value to some people. Despite the date and venue has been pre-authorised prior to my appointment as the president of the programme – we are expected to make changes to the plan.

To the drama kings and queens, if you have already got an idea of what you’d like to do for our family day, then by all means  … such suggestions should be presented to the floor during the meeting. Not after. Not behind my back. tetiba condemn. tetiba tak puas hati.. nak gempak tapi tak nak bayar. spesis mcm ni memang aku tak faham. 

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Tackling the Problem

There are a few ways on how I can react to the news.

I can be a dick (not that I have one, perhaps I need to surgically attach one), be oblivious to the drama, go ahead with the original plan and suffer a boycott of the event.

I can also be a witch. Cancel everything and refuse to carry out any look-alike programmes for the whole year. Or if I morph into a bitchy witch, then a hiatus in clinic social activities for the next half decade. No jamuan raya whatsoever.

In the end, I choose to be an angel after a few hours of dissing ( I am human after all). Let go. Clear my head. And start all over again. At least it made me learn more about the dynamics of staff relationship within the clinic. I do know that the walls have ears. It seems that they can talk too.

HOBOMINCI

Consequently, my HoboMinci needs a revamp. I will need a big sticker to cover that FDKKC part. Thankfully I have bought new die-cuts, washi and what not from Lootersbox the other day. Through the most trustable shopping app in Msia i.e. Shopee.

Lootersbox is an online based shop that sells planner/journal related stuff and these peeps are based in Melaka. Oh how I wish that they would open a store like Stickerrific one day and hold workshops! I would be a regular patron. Sokay,  I will include them in my prayers to be successful and own a physical store. InsyaAllah. 

As of the matter earlier, I guess I just have to be patient. Keep my mouth shut. Refocus and re-prioritise. I suppose we could repurpose certain ideas. Not all are redundant.

*yawn*

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