The daily chronicle of my family as we embark on our quest to relocate from New York to Cairo... the impending journey to get there and the daily lives of myself, my husband and our four children... and other random thoughts while living in Cairo!

Looking to make contact with other Muslimahs who are like myself with small children living or will be living in a foreign country.

I invite you to share the experience with us as we try to make this happen!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Do you realize for every breath that we take we are fortunate to be in this world? Many times, I take for granted the good health that I have, the love I received from my loved ones. I say "Thank you for Life".

There are many ways we can make the most out of our lives and cherish the people around us. We can start with a heart of gratitude for where we are in this moment. Our needs are taken care of and we are surrounded by people we love and who love us. When we have a heart of gratitude, we can thank God for everything. We can thank God for our physical needs being taken care of, our mental mind and our stable emotions. We can make the most out of life by being joyful in the moment. When we are joyful, even the taste of ice-cream delights us and brings us to the edge of heaven. When we are joyful, we just feel like singing and dancing. We smile and laugh and all these positive emotions are reflected from our inner beings and these positive emotions can charge another to feel better. We just hug the first baby that comes along be it from strangers or friends because the wonder of the world is reflected in a baby or a small child. The smile on the baby or child's face says it all.

When we are thankful for who we are, we are in a better position to make the most out of life. Even a walk in the evening is something to be thankful for as we appreciate our surroundings and our physical and mental faculties to appreciate what we can see, do or be. The green grass and the blue sky is ours to see and feel good about it if we so choose to do so and that's what Life has given to us, to cherish the moment of where we are. When we have people who make us laugh, understand us and cherish us, we have been given the greatest gift of love by being here. In this moment, when we realized that by loving the people around us, we are cherishing them for who they are and are grateful for them being in our lives.

Life is beautiful and it is how we look at it. Appreciate the beauty of our lives and when we appreciate the gift of life, we cannot but be thankful for the people in our lives and for being here in this moment. We can make our world a better place by encouraging another person and be with them when they need us. Life is meant to be lived with passion and when we forget that is what we need to do, remind ourselves that we are here for a reason. We want to live when the flame is lighting and when it is done, we know we have burn brightly and the warmth of the light has touched someone else.

A few simple things we can do to start to make the most out of life and cherish the people around us:
1. Show love and care to people we love
2. Be joyful
3. Appreciate others by telling them that we appreciate them
4. Simply say "I love you" to people we love and let us not assume they know we love them
5. A pat on the back or just listening to someone also indicate that we care
6. A note of love and appreciation to people we love

There are so many ways we can cherish the people around us and most importantly is to start with one way and then we will have more ideas to do so and let us just do it. It is never too late to tell someone you care. Live life and let your joy shine through.

-Helen Tays


أم ترافيس said...

awwww ma shaa Allah, this indeed came at the perfect time for me! Funny how we have to remind ourselves of his consantly ;)

Now about that walk.... oh I wish! But tomorrow in shaa Allah I will go to the park! YAY 4 that

Diali said...

Thanks for the reminder sis.

Umm Khadijah said...

Masha'Allah beautiful post, and very meaningful, jazakillaahu khairan.

Empress Anisa said...

Umm Travis- Enjoy your walk tomorrow... those pics are nice, MashaAllah

Diali- You're welcome! We need that reminder every now and then

Umm Khadijah- The author is a fantastic writer... she expressed the idea perfectly!

Mona said...

Yea MashaAllah, beautiful. Gratitude is so important. I'm trying to raise grateful children and it's proving difficult.

Umm Khadijah said...

I'd actually forgotten it was written by someone else, I was thinking u had wrote it, lol.

Inspired Muslimah said...

Just what I needed to hear sis, what a beautiful reminder to stay humble! So sweet!

Empress Anisa said...

Mona- I know what u mean... even though mine are still small, you try to instill it from now- and it's hard!

Umm Khadijah- yes, I saw the post and thougt it was perfect- can't take credit for this one... not by my own hands

Inspired- Yes, we all need a reminder every now and then!

hijabee said...

Thank you for this beautiful post. An important reminder that we need to live by!A little love and appreciation can go a long way!

JaLpArI said...

salaam sister,
a very beautiful post indeed....
the essence of life is in its happiness. and happiness lies in every single moment... if only we care to see. :)

queen said...

nice post sis!I have to remember to tell my husband that I love him more often, his face lights up whenever I do.

Empress Anisa said...

Hijabee- yeas, it is indeed important to show our appreciation for each other... and never be too busy to say "I love you!"

Jalparl- sooo true your statement!

Queen- yes, never forget that hubby of yours, MashaAllah- I'm sure it could brighten his day(s) especially when things are crazy!