Thursday, 16 October 2008

Azra's 10 steps to total existential liberation and emancipation

1.) Forfeit all emotional ties with anything that has monetary or sentimental value. After all, baggage comes in a physical, emotional and psychological’s the thoughts behind them that count.

2.) Don't hoard. That nice dress you want to keep for a better day...there is no better time like the present! Wear your precious frocks with delightful glee and smile at the world in all your glory!

3.) Take responsibility for your actions and move on. Don't be afraid to say "I'm sorry", "Forgive me", or "Help me" when you need to and then move on without harping on the subject. Rendering yourself vulnerable without losing total control is a passive strength. Learn to forgive yourself and others.

4.) Don't be afraid of confrontation. The longer you keep things hidden inside, the more it builds up and they manifest into ugly little creatures which eventually take on a life of their own. Confront your issues and learn to let go.

5.) Don't feel compelled to conform to other people’s beliefs and expectations of who you are and what you should be. You are who you are and as soon as you accept that, they will too.

6.) Fear nothing except the Lord Almighty. A life lived in fear is a life half-lived. However, fearing God instills discipline, morals and values. When you remember your Lord in all His Greatness, nothing seems impossible.

7.) Remember your life is no better or worse than the next persons. When your life is bogged down with problems, think of the Millions of people who don't even have food or basic amenities like running water.

8.) Don't sweat the small stuff. If it aint broke, don't fix what if your little sister ate the last twinky? There are worse things in life like losing your health to Cancer or AIDS.

9.) Don't be a victim of your circumstances and don’t be afraid to learn new things, broaden your mind and horizons. When life gives you lemons, you make a unique lemonade recipe and sell it to Coca-Cola for US$6 million.

10.) Remember, you cannot control other people or certain situations, but you can control how you react to those people and situations. So make the best of it and live in liberation, emancipated from the constraints of society's expectations and demands and just really truly...LIVE!


  1. I shall try to follow what I shoould follow from these..

  2. With respect i disagree with one of your points. Fear is no way to live. Fearing God is not faith, love for God builds and strengthens faith.

    Thats my take anyway.

  3. BB-AISHA - Good luck :)

    OH - I believe that we should WORSHIP out of Love...but I really believe that we have to fear GOD's wrath...because (And I think of this everyday)...if HE can make our lives such TORMENT here on earth (What with Poverty, Crime, Inflation etc.)...Imagine what HE'd do to us in the Hereafter?

  4. And most of all dont forget to wear sunscreen :D. Am i only one who remembers that?

    OH - You fear so that you will think twice before commit sins, and the point of fearing Allah is that you should fear nothing else, because noone else can do harm/benefit to you without His leave. And no mufti said we should fear Allah, its in the Quran, so you cant pick and choose on this one.

  5. Thanks for the pointers :-)
    Will certainly be putting them into practice...

  6. Waseem - Yeah sorry LOL :) The Sunscreen too :D

  7. Waseem - the fear is not of God, but a fear of the consequences of disobeying God. Fear of Judgment Day and the consequences sin.

    Does that make sense?

  8. This is too positive for my current state of mind.

    I want to put blame on something or someone, may be in another life time, i shall try to be this positive and cheerful

  9. OH - I agree to an extent...but I must admit that I'm terrified of my Creator...

    Tazeen - Dont worry...its too positive for my state of mind too LOL...everything sounds great in theory though!

  10. interesting read... another one i would add is living life in moderation :)

  11. just practiced two of these after reading it. went well