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Is It a Game of Illusion?

Misbah enjoys using her words and poetry to spread messages of Love.

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Just like a trapeze artist wavers indecisively. We in our daily lives cannot see well and does not know what is on one side and the other. We believe that only one of the options is correct, and we fear being wrong.

Every now and then, we cheer up and jump, but then doubt if it were the right decision. Have we missed something valuable? Are we heading into some danger we should have foreseen and will we be punished for not paying enough attention?

When we finally dare to jump, we find ourselves in a new place, the same problem arises: Jump again or stay? Where? Better go back?

Looking at our mind, we suddenly understand the futility of worry. We surrender to the fact that we cannot control the outcome of each jump. In that relaxation, it stops oscillating, it becomes still.

We are then suspended in silence, no longer looking forward or back. We laugh, because we realize that it is a game, and we have to let it go and Trust Him for He is the Lord.

Then, our world is transformed. We are no longer an indecisive aerialist who oscillates between opposite poles. Now we flow like a dolphin gently carried away by the current. There are movements, but there is no fight. It is a simple collaborate with the natural flow of the water.

The landscape is beautiful now. However, despite the fact that the shapes are always different, after a while the traveler realizes that, deep down, they are all the same.

So, we see that we are not actually traveling anywhere. It seems to move around a lot, but it has always been in the same place. The apparent changes, the different shores, the stones at the bottom of the water, everything that seems to be different is just an illusion.

Then, again, we smile, for we realize that it is a game, and so we close our eyes. Trust our Lord and allows ourselves to rest and feel every situation peaceful.

When we start to trust Him, His Plans, when we start to believe all is His will, things starts to get better, and we feel every situation peaceful. Healing does takes time. A lot of time but eventually we heal, we learn and we grow.

When the wound starts to heal, it feels irritation, we scratch it, it opens up again and starts to bleed again. As long as we scratch it, it can never close but once we understand that we have to feel the irritation and the pain of healing. We start to recover, we start to feel better.

The wound heals but it leaves the mark there forever, for us to remember that we have lived, we have struggled, we passed the storms and finally we grew up learning that all.

We learn that God was always there for us even when no one else was, and that He will continue to be there for us. Our lives are tested by difficult situations that teach us what we don't know or never want to know.

I thank God for all of the struggles, tests, and sufferings that brought me closer to Him. I am and I will always be grateful.

© 2021 Misbah Sheikh

Comments

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 16, 2021:

Thank you so much for your very kind feedback, Ravi. I truly appreciate your comments. Thanks for your visit.

Blessings to you!!

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on August 15, 2021:

Wonderful thoughts Misbah. The analogy of life, its struggles, its victories, its defeats, its wounds, and its recoveries is expressed in a very poignant manner by you. Thanks for sharing this wonderful bit of philosophy.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 15, 2021:

Eman, thanks a lot for your lovely words of appreciation. You are right nothing can harm us when Allah is with us. All we need is to trust His Plans. May Allah continue to bless you. Ameen!

Much Love, dear sister

Blessings!!

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 15, 2021:

Linda,I always appreciate and love to receive your comments on my work. Highly appreciated, dear friend. Gratitude!

Blessings always!!

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 15, 2021:

Thank you so much,Vidya. I also love Dolphins. I highly appreciate your very kind words. Much Gratitude! Take care and stay safe.

Blessings and Love!!!

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 15, 2021:

Srushti, I truly appreciate your kind and lovely comment. Thanks for your visit. Much Love, dear friend. God Bless you always.

Many Blessings and Love to you

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 15, 2021:

Thanks a lot for your very kind response, Vanita. I am glad you liked it. I truly appreciate your visit and your beautiful thoughts.

Much Love!

Blessings always!!

Nian from Pakistan on August 15, 2021:

You've shared your thoughts in a beautiful way. Nothing can harm us when we have faith on Him. Love the message. May Allah grant you peace and happiness.

Many Blessings.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 15, 2021:

You've shared a beautiful description of your beliefs, Misbah. This is a lovely article.

VIDYA D SAGAR on August 15, 2021:

Profound and beautiful thoughts. The allegory of dolphins is great. I love dolphins. You know, dolphins are one of the most intelligent animals in the world. The message is beautiful. When we surrender unto him, we sail through life easily and gracefully. Nothing can worry us. I enjoyed reading it Misbah. Thanks for sharing, blessings.

Srushti Gamit on August 14, 2021:

Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece with us Misbah!!

May your words lighten up the hope in many people out there and inspire them for good deeds.

Take care

May god bless you

Vanita Thakkar on August 14, 2021:

Deep thoughts and realization about experiences and facts of life in your writing. Stay inspired and inspiring, strong and strengthening.

The imageries of ocean and dolphin are soothing and touching.

Best wishes and blessing to you.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 14, 2021:

Thanks a lot for sharing your beautiful thoughts with me, Rosina. I really appreciate that. Yes, God is Merciful and we should Trust His Plans. He is the Only true Friend. So when He is with us. We should never fear.

I will keep you in my prayers. May Allah continue to Bless you with His Everlasting Blessings. Much Love!!

Blessings and Hugs to you!!

Rosina S Khan on August 14, 2021:

I like it when you say, Misbah, trust our Lord and allow ourselves to rest and feel every situation peaceful. Sounds like you recently have gone through tests and suffering and feel closer to God and feel grateful to Him.

Yes, I can relate to this and feel the same way. My suffering hasn't ended but I stay positive and make most of my time. I know God has a better plan for me and I trust him completely. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the game of illusion.

Love and blessings to you.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 14, 2021:

@Peggy: I am glad you liked it, dear friend. Thanks a lot for sharing your beautiful thoughts. Yes, you are correct spiritual compass really helps a lot. You are very kind. I am grateful. Much Love!!

Take care and stay safe and happy.

Many Blessings to you

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 14, 2021:

@Brenda: Thank you so much for your so sweet and lovely response, dear friend. Yes, that is how life is. God is the One and Only Supreme Power. All seeing and hearing. He is the Greatest Writer, and His work is flawless so who are we to question His Plans? All we have to do is just surrender ourselves to Him, and everything will be fine. Insha'Allah.

Take care. Much Love!!

Blessings and Hugs to you

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 14, 2021:

@Amara: True, Indeed. Yes, Allah loves us very much. He is the Only One who is there when no one else is. He is the Only true Friend. Thanks a lot for your kind and beautiful response, dear sister. May Allah bless you and your family. Ameen!

And A very Happy Independence Day to You and Your Family. I miss Pakistan very much.

Blessings and Lots of Love

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 14, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

I like your thoughts as you navigate this life. Most of us, if we are around a while, go through the ups and downs of daily life. Having a spiritual compass helps! I am happy that you have recovered from your recent illness. Many blessings are sent your way today.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 14, 2021:

Misbah

I've often thought we are like Chess pieces & someone is using us in a game.

There are moments in my life when I get that scratch.

I wish I would leave it alone so it could heal completely, but I usually itch it right before it's totally cured.

That peace is so serene. The moment you let him take control of your life.

I like the way you use the Dolphins to emphasize this point.

There are moments when I fall short of his grace. Constantly trying to make things my way, when I need to let him guide me to the path he wants me to travel.

Thanks for reminding me today, so I can start my day out right.

Sending you love from across the ocean waves. Take care my friend.

Bredz

Amara from Pakistan on August 14, 2021:

Indeed Allah loves His creation even more than 70 times a mother does to her children. I am glad you safely came out of the storm and hardships you went through.

May Allah protect and bless you and your family eternally.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 14, 2021:

@Chitra Di: Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and for your lovely response. Life is exactly like you described it, Di. Thanks for your kind words of encouragement and Motivation. May God bless you and your loved ones. Amen!

Blessings and Love to you

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 14, 2021:

@Mr. Bill: Sir, thank you so much for your kind and generous response. Your suggestion to grow and love is excellent. Much Gratitude. May God continue to shower you with His countless blessings. Take care of yourself and stay healthy and happy

Blessings and Peace

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 14, 2021:

@John: I am happy that you found this article to be inspirational. Yes, we are humans so we do make mistakes. If we learn from those mistakes and from our bad times then everything that comes our way is a Blessing. Every suffering that brings us near to Almighty God is His Blessing. Nothing happens without His Will. Thanks a lot for sharing your experience and for your encouraging words. I am grateful. Stay blessed and healthy

Blessings always!!

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 14, 2021:

@Pamela: I am glad you liked it, dear friend. Thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts and experience with me. Yes, it’s useless to scratch because scratching it will only increase the pain so going with the flow and Trusting His Plans is all good we can do to ourselves. Much Gratitude! Take care and Stay happy.

Blessings and Love

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 14, 2021:

@Manatita: Thank you so much for your very kind and beautiful response, dear brother. I am glad you found it inspirational. Stay happy and healthy

Blessings and Peace!!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 14, 2021:

Some deep thoughts about life in your article.

I understand, that you may have expressed these thoughts, because of your experiences. This is quite natural.

It’s good to write about it, as it has a healing effect.

Life is like that—A combination of pleasures and pains, happiness and sadness, struggles, disappointments, mistakes, and so on.

I believe, that to remain peaceful, we should go with the flow, learn from our mistakes, avoid confrontations, and negativity, and not look at the past regretfully.

Just like the children, we should be happy for no reason, and avoid taking our own selves so seriously.

I wish you all the best in life. Take care. Thank you for sharing.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 14, 2021:

I think I hear a bit of the Buddhist in your words, sprinkled amongst the wonderful attitude about life. I can't count the mistakes I have made. It would be futile to do so, because why dwell on the outcomes of my very human actions? My job is to grow and to love. I just keep it simple in my life...grow and love. When I do those two things, my life is good. When I try to do too much, or complicate things, my life turns hard.

Grow and love!

Hugs to you, my friend, and the sweet blessings of peace of mind always.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 14, 2021:

Misbah, I have been through a lot of things in life both good and bad and had to do my share of grieving. I have made many mistakes, or so they seemed at the time, but looking back maybe they were meant to be so I ended up where I am now.

I like the idea that life is just a game and we are just players. We throw the dice and that determines our fate. No use fighting it, just go with the flow like a dolphin riding the waves and let the God do his thing and direct us where he will. A wonderful and inspiring piece.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 14, 2021:

I love this sentence: Now we flow like a dolphin gently carried away by the current. We can flow with faith in our Lord, and then life is less panful. We make mistakes and hopefully learn from them.

When you get my age you look back and see the blessings. The mistakes don't hurt anymore. At least that is my experience. I feel happy and peaceful. This article explains exactly what I felt when I was younger, with the pain that we learn not to scratch.

This is an excellent article about life, Misbah.

Blessings and much love for you, my friend.

manatita44 from london on August 14, 2021:

Beautifully written and upbeat, my Habibi. An unhappy soul cannot grow. This is an inspirational piece from you. No one is saying that we do not need to deal with life, even as we recognise that all, is the Master's Will and that this field of Dharma, is just a beautiful dance. Much Love, my Sweet. Stay well and blessed.

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