Assalam alaikum & Peace to all
Ok so last night in sheer boredom we watched 'The Secret'. It is a movie/documentary, whatever you want to call it about the 'secret' to life, basically it will tell you the way to achieve all that you want in life. This being money, health, happiness, cars, houses, etc. Whatever your 'little heart desires' I watched about half an hour and fell asleep. The idea behind the secret is (yes, I am going to tell you) that you must believe good things about you so that you will create good things in your life. You need to not focus on the bad instead it should be on the good things in life and that will generate more good things...and so on and so on... Well, that got me to thinking that I am really thankful for everything in my life and I try to look at the good things in life. This whole idea of focusing on the good will accomplish all you want in life is for me personally is a bunch of wild oats...sow them at will! All through the movie, well the half hour that I did watch, I couldn't help but think where in all of this is God? Hmm... I'd like to ask that question of the people who participated in the movie. I would like to rather put all my faith and trust in God and then perhaps after that I can focus on the 'good' and pray to God that I am given the good things in life. I am not under the delusion that I can direct my life, ok yes, in a small way you can (free-will comes into play here) but if there is something good to come in my life that will only come from God! I think the idea is good that it wants people to focus on good things and not negative, but they are sadly wrong about where that good should come from!
I can only pray that we are all given the strength and patience to find the good and to always go toward the straight path - Inshallah!