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New Starts: Not the End of the World, Start of a New One

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Our Ummahsonic podcast all about new starts is coming soon! But for now, here’s our blog on the subject…

Failing an exam can seem like the worst thing in the world. You may have witnessed your mum picking up your school report, shaking her head, and then falling into a fit of uncontrollable tears. The very thought of retaking an exam induces grief and horror in all the tribe.

But it doesn’t have to be this way! Every day is a new bismillah – a chance to try again. There’s nowhere that says we won’t make mistakes or fall into trouble. In fact, the framework of our faith is based around the idea that we will and do make mistakes, and there are solutions to deal with them.

Here are a few snazzy tips to help you turn a new leaf or, in fact, create a whole new book for yourself:

Start with baby steps

When you’re feeling down or stressed, don’t overwhelm your brain. Your life is not over. You are in a self-contained bubble but there are all sorts of opportunities floating around outside of this. Take it slow, make a to-do list, tick off one task at a time and take a moment to be proud of your achievements!

Think outside the box

When you’re feeling ambitious, even just a small “hello” or “salaam” (peace) could be the start to great things. Be nice to people. Smile – it’s a sunnah and it’s free! Also, don’t be scared to try something new: whether it’s a new study subject, a total career change or a brand new business. Sometimes we’re so used to doing things, we just can’t imagine what it will be like to try something else. Weigh out the risks and give it a go. You can always tweak and try again!

Build up your treasures

Okay so… we don’t mean your material goods. We mean the empire of your soul! Good words and actions add up to a mountain. Don’t feel downtrodden about your mistakes and don’t feel helpless about all the problems in the world. Your individual efforts do make a difference, including lifestyle changes to help your health and the environment. Instead of paying the new law-enforced 5p charge on plastic bags, why not ban yourself from using plastic bags altogether?

 “Have you not considered how God has set forth a parable of a good word [being] like a good tree, whose root is firm and whose branches are [high] in the sky, yielding its fruits in every season by the permission of its Lord?” The Qur’an (14: 24-26)

So there’s a little bit of motivation, love from Ummahsonic! Don’t forget, you can listen to the last podcast, on Eid al-Adha here!

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