Why am I so happy about the start of December? I have nothing against November in theory. But I was so ready to be done with the month. I even changed my calendar to December a day early. I really did not need that extra day. November was a busy month of events, including a … Continue reading Yay! December is here!
Rarely do I come up with a title for a post before writing its content. However, reflecting upon this week, really since coming back from Hajj, and in thinking about what I wanted to blog about for my weekly Saturday blog post, I noticed that there has been a theme in my life. Not that … Continue reading Picking up where I left off
Last night I had to face the cold, hard truth that even though I certainly feel different after coming back from Hajj, I am still me. I still have my weaknesses. I still have my deficiencies. I still have the same anxieties. Week One after Hajj was pretty good, I would say. Work was not … Continue reading Why does this keep on happening? Because there is a lesson I have yet to learn.
I realize the word "high" and pairing it with anything Islamic is kind of contradictory. Getting high is kind of completely antithetical to Islam. Ecstasy is no better. Maybe spiritual elevation? I don't know. It's not succinct though. And as a writer, I like my titles to be as succinct as possible. Although most of … Continue reading That Post-Hajj High
Today is our first full day back home from Hajj. I start this post off knowing that this reflection cannot do justice to the multitude of emotions and openings I felt during this pilgrimage, often and appropriately called "the journey of a lifetime." You know that scene in The Return of the King after the … Continue reading There and Back Again: A Hajji’s Tale