August 19, 2010

A Time for Reflection

You may have noticed that I haven't blogged in a little while. The holy month of Ramadan started last Wednesday, and between fasting and the heat wave we've had I haven't had much energy to do much at all.

Ramadan is a month of fasting, in which Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from dawn till dusk. Fasting teaches us patience, humility and spirituality. It encourages us to practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice and empathy for those less fortunate that us.

Over the past week I have been thinking about all the things that I am grateful for, things that I take for granted everyday. I tend to focus on the negative things happening in my life and often forget just how fortunate I am to live the life I live. These are just a few things I am grateful for:

  • my fiancee
  • my family
  • my friends
  • my health
  • my ability to move without any pain or disability to fight through
  • my adopted country Canada
  • my freedom of speech
  • my ability to practice my religion freely
  • the roof over my head
  • my warm, comfy bed
  • the food in my fridge
  • the opportunity to travel as much as I have

I could go on and on but I'll end off here. What are some things you are grateful for? Do you take them for granted like I do?


  1. I love the idea behind Ramadan. You're probably done by now, but I hope it went well and you lasted through the fasting and the heat wave. :)

  2. Thanks Lisa! Yes, Ramadan is over now... it ended on September 10th this year. I went fairly well; I managed to stick it out and fasted for the entire month. It was harder this year than most, due to the heatwave, but I'm glad I did it. :)