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The Morning


A new morning (Photo by Harald Hoyer)

The natural cycle of time provides several analogies that we can learn from in life. And perhaps no time of day is as abundant in poetic truth as the first few hours of the morning when the sun first casts its radiance on the world.

Those first rays by which darkness disappears and vanishes.

Those moments in which life returns the way it way it was some hours ago.

Those first few minutes in which a whole new being, a new day, is born.

The morning is in and of itself a message of hope.

Those hours of darkness that you experienced each moment of before you fell asleep . . . gone. That darkness that drained out the world of its colors and left you staring at a world of shadows and silhouettes, now retreating as the morning illuminates the world around you with colors of hope and new life.

And even in a bustling city where nighttime is artificially illuminated by street lights. Those lights do not cast natural shadows on the people you see. Their shadows, under those artificial lighting fixtures, are exaggerated. And their natural tones are distorted by those unnatural lights. Nothing is still as it truly is.

Until the morning shines again and reveals the world around you the way it truly is.

And just as the morning light forces the darkness to retreat, so do the mornings of our life force the dark days of our problems to retreat. And no matter how often our lives are dimmed by the darkness of our problems, it is the natural course of life that a new morning of hope and relief will eventually shine through. And force our darkest days to disperse, just as the first rays of daylight force the darkness of the night to disperse.

The morning also has its own time at which it shines. Never does it shine through the night abruptly, nor is it delayed. It arrives when it is destined to shine. When the Earth has spun so that the sun may illuminate the world around you once again. At precisely that moment.

And while we may, at times, want the night to end sooner and the morning to arrive quicker so that we may see our problems disappear, it still shines at the right time, when we truly need it.

So tomorrow morning, look out your window and appreciate the warmth of that morning light for what it truly is:

A new message of hope for a new day.



The First Fengan

The Arabic word ‘فنجان’ (pronounced finjaan in traditional Arabic and fengaan in Egyptian colloquial Arabic) can be translated to mean a cup, a mug, or a chalice.

The bottom line is that it is a container of some sort from which a drink is drank from. And it is most commonly used to refer to such a container into which hot drinks, mostly tea and coffee, are poured.

Each morning, millions around the world start a new day, a new chapter in their lives, with a fengan of their favorite drink.

And just as beneficial as these actual drinks are to start off a day, a fengan of wisdom and reflection is also crucial to uplift our spirits as we go through the burdens of our lives.

Start your day with a fengan of inspiration and optimism.

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