Wednesday, December 31, 2008


I recently decided to make my personal fitness a priority in my life. When I did that... things changed. I'm at a critical, life-changing stage of my life. Some doors are closing (those of you who know me know what I'm talking about) and I'm looking ahead at one more semester of school that I can really, for the first time, focus on entirely.

And while I've been on winter break for a couple weeks, what should I do with my time? I decided to make fitness a priority, like I said. It's not that it wasn't important before... it just ranked somewhere below religion, school, and work. So, if I can say, it earned a recent promotion. And what a change! I joined a gym and hired a personal trainer--and the pain in my legs at the moment is testimony to the fact that I'm working on this particular goal harder than I ever have in my life.

I decided that it was important, that it was possible, and now I've started making progress. Joining the gym was one thing, but I think with the trainer I think I'll be able to have even more success with motivation and encouragement, so I'm really optimistic about my results as well.

On the other hand, I'm looking at the suffering in Gaza and wonder when we, as Muslims, are going to make it a priority to take care of our brothers and sisters. Is signing a petition making Gaza a priority? Donating a few dollars to a charity? Writing to Congressmen? Attending a protest? Maybe it is, but I don't think so.


Anonymous said...

As-Salaamu Alaikum Amy,

May Allah(SWT) Reward you for taking an important step in maintaining your health and well-being. May He Reward you for your patience in your trials. Regarding the specific source of your woes, we all go through similar struggles on those issues, so you are not alone. Jazakum'Allah Khair

Anonymous said...

AA Amy,
Hopefully one of these days our brothers and sisters will realize that violence and voting for violent groups (Hamas) or supporting them financially or politically only leads to more violence and the probable death of innocents.

If you want to petition or protest in order to benefit the ummah focus on the trying to get that message of non-violence across to as many of the 'brothers and sisters' as you can. Until that message is embraced I see no hope so don't stress yourself out about what happens with those that choose the path of violence. It isn't good for your health.