I’ve been very distracted lately. Distracted by my exhaustion and my thoughts. Distracted from my schoolwork and distracted from my goals in life. I was losing sight of what was truly important. I was getting so caught up in the minor details of life that I was not seeing the grand scheme of things. Azkar expressed to me that she had similar feelings which is why we collectively decided to make the September theme plain and simple: Focus.
I did multiple things to help me focus this month. Firstly, I made sure that I began each task by saying Bismillah Alrahman Alraheem (In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful) so that inshAllah everything that I do may be blessed. We learn to do this as kids, but sometimes we get so caught up in the world that even the smallest (and most important) things slip away. Although I always keep a planner handy and jot down reminders and tasks that need to be done, I decided that I needed to make full use of my planner. I began giving myself daily goals and in my planner I wrote down an hour by hour schedule of when each task needed to be done so that I made full use of my time. This helped with my worldly goals.
To help with focusing on my Islamic goals, I joined a new Quran memorization class. After a series of events last March, I had not been going to Quran class anymore so I tried memorizing on my own, but that proved to be very difficult (especially because without a group, motivation levels tend to sink pretty low). I had been praying for the motivation to continue, and surely enough this opportunity fell into my lap–a clear sign of my accepted prayer, Alhamdulilah. This new group is going at a much slower pace than the old group, which is great for my hectic schedule, yet it still challenges me to work hard. This has definitely brought me the greatest satisfaction, Alhamdulilah.
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