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Healing Conversations with Dr. Munib, the Psychiatrist

I love to write essays, short stories and fictions. And I am glad to share them here.

Yasmin was working in her office in a tall building on the 10th floor. She had never skipped a day at work except for a leave of absence for mandatory appointments and holidays as well. Yasmin had a good work ethic. She abided by rational principles and strict discipline. She was always punctual to work.

It was time for laying off unwanted employees and raising the salaries of the competent ones. Several non-dutiful and careless employees lost their jobs. But many remained. Among those, a select few got a raise. Those who didn't get a raise protested.

Yasmin was the only female at this time to get a raise, and she was tremendously happy. She knew her efforts paid off but little did she know that a storm would soon be brewing.

Somehow many of her colleagues began to despise her and envied her a lot. They started to gossip behind her back and passed on stinging remarks.

Yasmin felt it in her skin and realized what was going on. First gossip-then stinging remarks-now looming office politics. They didn't let her work in her cubicle and passed on loud, biting comments. Yasmin thought of complaining to the Boss, but when she did, he didn't pay much attention and didn't take it seriously.

By and by, the whole office turned against her. Yasmin knew the atmosphere was threatening her peace of mind, her self-esteem, and self-respect. She decided to walk away from all of it and left the office early one day, never to return.

It was at this point office Boss became aware of what was going on in the workplace and rang Yasmin to complete her ongoing project work. But Yasmin refused and went to the HR department and handed over the resignation letter.

Yasmin decided she would rest at home for a while. Yasmin’s Mom was worried and insisted that she talk to a psychiatrist. Yasmin didn’t yield to it.

Later her Mom arranged for a psychiatrist to see her at home. Together with Mom, the psychiatrist, and Yasmin, they had a chitchat every Friday in the morning.

Pic: The Psychiatrist

Pic: The Psychiatrist

Yasmin began to love these discussions, and they were the focus of hope and aspirations. The psychiatrist emphasized to Yasmin about reciting the Holy Book, "The Quran"- one page per day, delving into its meaning without doing it too much. He gave her a Holy verse to recite separately, which would benefit her greatly. He asked her to pray all five times and say the final prayer each time bowing to Allah, the Almighty.

Yasmin was happy with these tips, and she started carrying them on. After a month, she noticed she was happy with herself and her environment, and she was full of hope and optimism. But she wasn't ready to work yet.

Pic: Yasmin, happy and full of hope

Pic: Yasmin, happy and full of hope

She browsed the internet and found sites to write online eBooks with short stories and also sites to write articles on self-help, humor, women's interests, and technology.

The psychiatrist visited again. This time he instructed her to wear heels in her shoes because with heels girls looked smart in their walks. He further asked her to decorate her face lightly, even if it was only for herself at home.

Yasmin continued with the Holy Book, holy verses, and prayers. And she wrote short stories and articles online. Both the sites encouraged her to write more, and soon, she had a great following, and she was popular on these sites.

Yasmin was allowed to talk with her psychiatrist whenever she liked on weekdays over the phone. She shared a little quote with him she came across online, "People humiliate you. But Allah magnifies you." The psychiatrist was happy to see a change in Yasmin and to bring her beliefs in Higher Power and God. He said, "Yes, keep trusting Him."

During the next visit, the psychiatrist talked about taking shower with warm water as it increases longevity. He told her further to exercise daily walks around the house block. Lastly, he asked her to focus on her day’s journal in her mind at night before sleep, which would help her to sharpen mentally.

Yasmin took notes during these discussions with the psychiatrist so that she wouldn’t miss any of his valuable advice.

During the weekdays, she came across a question about colors. And immediately she rang her psychiatrist and asked him if blue or red would look good on her. He said, “Maroon would look best on you.” Yasmin wasn’t satisfied with the doctor’s answer as she didn’t have a maroon top.

So, when the psychiatrist visited next, Yasmin wore a red top with black trousers. He looked at her and remarked, "You look good." She replied happily, “Thank you, Dr. Munib.”

The doctor slowly began to reveal that it was his last visit to the family as he was going abroad finally. He would be staying in the country for a while before his eventual departure. So, Yasmin still had the freedom to talk to him on the phone until then.

Yasmin was disappointed. Her Mom was even more anxious as she wanted her daughter to join work. The doctor cooled her down and asked her not to worry and not to pressurize Yasmin. She would start talking about it when she was ready. For now, she was doing good.

The final suggestions in this sitting were to drink coffee slowly even if it wasn't too hot, to talk gently always, and to remember above all, sharing and ventilation were important.

Yasmin noted them down as usual. Then casually, Dr. Munib asked Yasmin, “Would you care to work again?” Yasmin quickly replied, “I am doing a great deal of online stuff- writing articles and short stories. I am thinking of blogging and building a website as well. These are the things that interest me now.”

Dr. Munib mulled over what Yasmin just said and then asked her, "Would you like to go abroad to pursue higher studies?"

Yasmin replied quickly, “Yes, that is something I would be interested in.”

Dr. Munib replied slowly, “Ok, carry on what you are doing and loving to do. But also keep in mind about going abroad for higher studies. You can get a job there if you don’t feel like working here.”

Yasmin replied happily, "Yes, that is exactly in my thoughts."

The psychiatrist departed from the family, giving Yasmin ample strength, confidence, and hope for the future.

During the week ahead, she called him up excitedly, waking him up from his afternoon nap. She said, “Dr. Munib, I came across something very interesting. The words 'Yes' and 'No' have inner meanings. 'Yes' means happiness, and 'No' means success."

The Doc replied, “How lovely! I have been learning a few things from you as well. You are extraordinary. Plan your future endeavors and carry them out. But take your time.”

Yasmin replied, "Yes, Dr. Munib, you have helped me to see a new horizon of hope and a brighter future. I will plan out my life and execute it accordingly."

They bade goodbye to each other, and that was the last of their communications.

Yasmin had come a long way since then. She earned a name for herself for the articles, short stories eBooks, and helpful academic guides she wrote. She had an opportunity to go abroad for higher studies and was working towards it. Everything looked good and promising for her.

Poll Time

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Rosina S Khan (author) on July 03, 2021:

Welcome! Comment here.

Rosina S Khan (author) on July 01, 2021:

It's great to see you, Peggy. Yes, Dr. Munib really cared about restoring confidence and hope and dreams for the future in Yasmin. While the whole office tried to sabotage her, the goodwill of only one person, Dr. Munib turned her life around for the much better.

Thank you, Peggy, for your insightful comment. Truly appreciated. And I am happy you found this article finally in the feed.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 01, 2021:

I am glad that I finally found this in the feed. Jasmine's life improved with the helpful advice of Dr. Munib. Sometimes it takes just one person who truly cares to effect changes in our lives.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 30, 2021:

Thank you, Lora, for sharing your case with me. You need to outdistance yourself from your older sister and find an empathetic psychiatrist who can truly understand you and counsel you accordingly. I am surprised that you weren't given priority for being a talented writer and other creative talents you have by your family. Many of us go through similar situations in our life.

I truly feel for you. Live moment to moment and take one day at a time. Find time to do the things that interest you and live life fully. Your sister doesn't have to know everything you do and you can keep some things secret from her. I believe you live separately from her with your pets.

This is your life and make the best out of it. Go for for nature walks with your pets, have fun conversations with your daughter over phone, cook something for your neighbor and share with them, write poems and scribble anything that come to mind, journal your day and your thoughts. Everything should start falling together and a good psychiatrist can take you by the hand and help you reach higher levels.

Thank you, Lora, for commenting on my article. You know I always treasure your comments and keep them close to my heart. We all have problems and we need to be creative to drain away our misgivings and live life richer and fuller.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 30, 2021:

Walikum assalam, Rozlin. I am pleased to know you like the story and find the ending beautiful. Yes, Yasmin rediscovered herself, found new creative talents, and sought future endeavors to work on. I truly appreciate your generous comments. Stay blessed. Stay safe and healthy too.

Lora Hollings on June 30, 2021:

This is a wonderful article, Rosina. I think Dr. Munib gave Jasmine the confidence and self-esteem that she so desperately needed. He also gave her hope for her future endeavors. It’s funny the different effect people can have on our lives. I have an older sister who because of her extreme narcissism has a paralyzing effect on my life to the point that I’ve had to hide my true self and my interests from her. She dampens my spirit and it overwhelms me. Because of her egocentrism she can’t put the welfare of others above or at least equal to her own. And then on top of it all, she keeps harassing them and won’t accept that sometimes the best thing we can do, is to just leave someone alone who we have such a negative effect on. To make matters worse, I’m a very sensitive person but never truly appreciated by anyone in my family. They just don’t recognize the good within me much like the people in Jasmine’s office. I’m going to a psychiatrist now because of the damage my oldest sister has caused me but instead of talking to me as Dr. Munib has done for Jasmine, she just gives me drugs. Sometimes, I feel like a zombie with all the drugs she has given me. Drugs to replace other addicting drugs in my life or to replace love and understanding. I need to find a psychiatrist who can really care about her patients and will talk and listen to them not just give them drugs. Thank you for your wonderful article and teaching us all to be more sensitive and caring about the feelings of others.

Rozlin from UAE on June 30, 2021:

Salam, Rosina. This is a very interesting story. While reading the story I was curious to know the end. The end was beautiful. Yasmin found her new interest and started working again normally with her new job. Thanks for sharing.

Stay safe and healthy.


Rosina S Khan (author) on June 30, 2021:

Welcome! Comment here.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 30, 2021:

I am glad you like the story, Ankita. Thank you for stopping by and making generous comments. I really appreciate it.

Ankita B on June 30, 2021:

Nice and uplifting story, Rosina. I am glad that Yasmin was happy and motivated again to work on her new interests. Thank you for sharing another wonderful story of yours.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 30, 2021:

I am glad you like the story, Misbah. Yes, people can be harsh and envy your success in the workplace. Yes, she rediscovered herself by healing talks with her psychiatrist. Thank you for your generous comments. I really appreciate them. Love and blessings to you as well.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on June 30, 2021:

Rosina, you've written a very intriguing story! People can be harsh and opportunistic at times when they are jealous of your achievement. Yasmin was brave to explore herself with such healing talks! Rosina, this is a wonderful and uplifting story. Thanks for sharing, dear friend

Many Blessings and Love to you.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 29, 2021:


You are quite welcome.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 29, 2021:

I am happy, Brenda, that you like the story. Yes, people can be toxic in workplaces. You are right: because she left the job she met her psychiatrist and could plan for future endeavors with better opportunities. Yes, God has a plan for each of us. It's good to remember that.

Thank you for your most insightful comments. I really appreciate them.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 29, 2021:


You did an outstanding job writing this one.

This is typical behavior in work places.

People can be cruel.

I'm so glad she had the guts to leave that job.

God has a plan for each of us.

Had this not happened, she never would have met the Dr. , nor would she have found her dream job.

Great write.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 29, 2021:

Yes, Denise, people can be very cruel and exploitative when they are jealous of your success. In the next part of her career, Yasmin would go abroad, earn a higher education degree, meet her soul mate and find interesting work to do much like another of my Asian female characters, Keily in "Keily, the Bookworm" story series here at HubPages.

Thank you so much for your valuable comments. I really appreciate them.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on June 29, 2021:

Workplace politics is so poisonous for women. People can be so cruel and exploitative when they are jealous of your success. I would love to know what happens next in her career. I feel like there is more to the story.



Rosina S Khan (author) on June 29, 2021:

Yes, Liz, workplaces can be toxic environments at times. But with the psychiatrist's help, Yasmin works her way up taking a different direction with the hope of a brighter future. Thank you for your insightful comment.

Liz Westwood from UK on June 29, 2021:

You have taken a negative situation and worked it through to a more positive conclusion. Workplaces can be toxic environments at times.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 29, 2021:

Thank you Manatita for your beautiful comment. I like the first part of your comment very much: "Life is like that for all who climb up the ladder at work. There are jealousies and they can be quite cutting."

The fact that you know someone in Yasmin's character is intriguing but maybe I can guess. LOL!

manatita44 from london on June 29, 2021:

Life is like that for all who climb up the ladder at work. There are jealousies and they can be quite cutting.

There's a lot of someone I know in this Jasmine character, the discipline, the diligence in duty, the willingness to study abroad ... to look at new horizons. Todos. Lovely article!

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 29, 2021:

I am pleased you enjoyed the story, Dora. Thank you for reading and commenting. Truly appreciated.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 29, 2021:

Another story of hope and encouragement. Thank you for these uppers.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 29, 2021:

I am glad you like the article, Fran. Yes, you are right not everyone can afford professional help or even seek it if they can. Yes, Yasmin is lucky to get a psychiatrist at home for advice. Thank you very much for your insightful comments.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on June 29, 2021:

Interesting article Rosina. Glad she had advise from a professional However not everyone has the availability to get professional help. Seems they just 'waddle' through as life isn't always fair.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 29, 2021:

Thank you, Bill, for reading and the encouraging comment. I am glad you enjoyed the story.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 29, 2021:

From the darkness comes light. Very uplifting story, Rosina! Well done!

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 29, 2021:

I am glad you like this story, Chitrangada. Yes, good relationships matter at home or office and if the situation is nonideal, it is advisable to seek professional help. Yes, the healing conversations helped Yasmin to find her creative talents. I appreciate your comments very much.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 29, 2021:

Yes, jealousy and resentment over promotions by the underprivileged can lead to nasty politics at work. Yasmin was a victim of such a circumstance. I am pleased you liked this story, John. Thank you so much for your insightful comments.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 29, 2021:

Nice and engaging story, Rosina!

There are times in life, when it's advisable to take professional help! Good of Yasmin to rediscover herself, through such healing conversations!

Good relationships matter, whether at home or office!

Thank you for sharing this!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 29, 2021:

A nice story, Rosina. Many of us can relate to Yasmin's bad experiences at her job. Often there is jealousy and resentment over promotions by those overlooked. I am sure the psychiatrist's advice was a great help to her.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 29, 2021:

I am glad you enjoyed the story, Pamela. Yes, it must have been difficult for Yasmin to work somewhere where everyone is against her. I am happy to know you got an email notification this time. Thank you very much for your encouraging comments.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 29, 2021:

This is another interesting story, Rosina. I think the doctor helped Yasmin get her confidence back. I think it must be difficult to be in a work setting where everyone is against you. I enjoyed the story.

I was happy to get an email this time about your article. Thanks for sharing an interesting story, Rosina.

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