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Unwelcome Emotions

There is nothing more frustrating
Than knowing how you should feel
But yet a flow of the total opposite
Of emotions seem more real…

You know what is required:
Put in your all, rely on Allah…
Do your best toward success…
Then smile and put your mind to rest.

Theoretically, hopefully
Ideally so
Sounds easy, no?
But for some reason your heart starts whispering “uh oh”…

You think, “I know better,
I won’t let this be”–
Still, unwelcome emotions
Creates a new reality…

So instead you get agitated
And stressed out and uptight
As if stuck in a dark cave,
With no light in sight.

You know you should feel assured
Assured, grateful and blessed
But you’ll feel angry at the world
And angrier at yourself for failing the test…

And you know you’re failing it
For the test is to be patient
But since impatience is where you’re at
Obviously your level of progress remains flat…

So you feel guilty for feeling ingrateful
Then deny those feelings all the same
You’d prefer to complain about your situation
Than changing the rules of the game.

How many times will you hear,
“Have faith, this is just a test!
So long as you hold tight to that rope
The outcomes will surely be the best!”

And so, you tried to be patient,
And you tried (and tried and tried) to be strong
But for all your efforts, it’s only when it’s over
You realize that God was there all along.

And shame overwhelms you
For how could you forget?
Your heart knew it somehow
But your actions showed neglect.


You knew there was a Being
Much stronger than you
You knew there was a Being
Much wiser than you.

A Being who drew a map
Of your life before you existed
Who solved all your problems
Before you even resisted.

And now that it’s over
It’s like you see the light
You were in the wrong direction
Yet now the negativity has taken off in flight.

You now smile and laugh in pleasure
Proud in how you handled it so well
Only until you fall into another pit hole
And the negativity is back to dwell.

When will we learn to change our mindsets
To realize each day and hour is simply another test?
And that the easier path is not always the right one?
Convictions shouldn’t change when the easy times are gone.

May God keep us steadfast
In actions and deeds
And in emotions that are healthy
For our hearts to feed…

Because man, let me tell you
And I’m sure you know it, too:

There is nothing more frustrating
Than knowing what you should feel
But yet a flow of the total opposite
Of emotions seem more real.

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