Another resolution?!!

What! Another resolution? You may ask. I have been struggling (or failed miserably - depending on how you look at it) with my new year resolution and now want to have another one?

Well, why not?

Depending on which school of thought you belonged to or believed in, from what I'd read in one of those articles on this resolution thingie, it is advisable to have more than one resolutions. So that at the very least you could achieve one of those that you have resolved. And be proud of yourself. If you only have one, once you could not achieve it, then you failed big time. And be a loser for the rest of your life.

The experts were also divided on the question whether it is better to resolve quietly and keep it to yourself or to go around and tell every other person that you know or in this case, tell the whole wide world about it.

The former gives you the advantage of nobody knows whether or not you have keep up with your resolutions. Well, no brainer. Nobody knew whether you have any resolution in the first place. So who the h*ll gonna check on you isn't it?

The latter puts you on the toes because of the pressure to perform may make you strive for excellence. Besides once in a while you may get friendly reminders from.......mmm, err.....people like Kak Teh if you start slacking. It also make you think 'out of the box' just to make sure that you could achieve the resolutions. (Kak Teh, it's not an attempt to cheat, OK?). So that's the advantage of making public of your resolutions.

And the experts also said that you don't need to start your resolution at the beginning of the year. You could start at any time of the year - at your own convenient.

Think out of the box will ya! So technically if you resolved that you would quit smoking this year and you announce it to the whole world on the last day of December this year, nobody could say that you have failed to keep up with your resolution for this year if you started smoking the very next day. So simple. If someone were to suggest otherwise, call me. I'll file a defamation suit on your behalf. That's the in thing nowadays, I guess.

Sorry I digress.

Back to my other resolution. Last year, during the holy month of Ramadhan I did some soul-searching and then I sort of realised that I might have not been reading my small Book as much as I should have. I tried hard to recall when was the last time I finished reading the last chapter of the Book. It must have been emmm........1 1/2 or 2 years ago.

I felt so guilty about it. Have I been to busy with my works and family commitments that made me so so busy to spare some time reading the Book?

Well I didn't really totally forgotten about the Book because I never failed to read the relevant chapter of the Book every Friday night or Friday morning. Or read one or two pages of the Book after my Maghrib prayers. But the fact that I spent a good ten minutes just trying to recall when was exactly the last time I completed reading the Book - made me realised that I have failed to accord my highest respect to the Book.

So this is THE BOOK.

This small Book of mine has been my companion for the last nineteen years. I remember I bought it at a book shop, near the shop offices-turned hostels in Subang Jaya while I was doing my matriculation program.

It is small and could just nicely fit into my palm. The prints were not too small that I need to squint my eyes to read. It's just perfect.

So during the month of Ramadhan I continued reading the Book from where that I had left off before; based on the small green paper clip that used as a marker. (And it has been the same paper clip since the last 19 years!). Only managed to finish the last page of the Book almost towards the end of Syawal.

Then in early November last year, I resolved and I promised myself that I want to complete reading the Book at least once come November this year.

Is it an insurmountable task?

InshaAllah, No.

Theoretically (and arithmetically), it could be achieved if I constantly read at least 2-pages per day. I have calculated based on the total number of pages of the Book (611 page) and divide by 365 day per year - it's about 1.677 page per day.

Certainly that's not too much to ask even if I become the busiest person on the earth. Atau jadi OSB macam kata CikRampai.


Kak Teh said…
OSH, I am sure you will succeed. Insyaallah. I wish I am like my other half who does so many times over, effortlessly. He too has a small book. I have to stop telling myself that I need a better pair of glasses because my eyesight is indeed deteriorating. But that shouldn't be used as an excuse. I will will you to go on your journey, from where I am. and good luck, dear brother, cos it is a noble journey.
Bunga Rampai said…

OSH atau OSB, tanggungjawab terhadap BUKU itu tidak berubah :)

Ini resolusi yang paling cantik, namun memerlukan kekuatan dalaman yang paling teguh. Tunaikan! Doa saya mengiringi.
Dearest KakTeh: thank you for the warm encouraging words. I felt a lump in my throat when I read your comments.

CikRampai: benar sekali, tanggungjawab kita sebagai hambaNya tak pernah berubah. Hanya kekadang kita terleka. Terima kasih atas doa CikRampai.
Ibu said…
"Sesungguhnya Al-Quran ini memberi petunjuk ke jalan yg benar (ya'ni agama Islam) dan memberi berita yg menggembirakan utk orang-orang yg beriman & mengerjakan amalan-amalan soleh" (Al Israa:9)
Ibu: terima kasih atas ingatan.
panwalla said…
mandi jangan pakai syampu atau sabun lavender and tea oil ya.
Ku Keng said…
Salam OSH,

Dan jangan lupa 30 ayat yang akan memberikan cahaya di kubur. Surah al Mulk, setiap lepas maghrib. Senang pula untuk dihafal.

Dan tika berdoa, masukkan saya juga.
~ahni~ said…
Bagusnyer resolusi OS.

Secara tak langsung resolusi itu juga berbunyi - memperbanyakkan pahala dengan membaca Al Quran.
Dan juga meng-agungkan kan Kalam Allah.
Panwalla: ???. Thanks anyway.

AyohKeng: terima kasih

AHNI: mari kita beresolusi untuk menjadi lebih baik dari semalam.
UglyButAdorable said…
insya allah bro..i actually did read the small book dgn translation sekali last year sampai surah al-hijr... itu pun hoping to complete it this year..because tak pernak khatam lagi buku nie..
CikAdorable: InshaAllah. I pray you will succeed too. Where have you been lately? Lama senyap.
Ahmad said…
Assalamu'alaikum En S

I just stumbled upon your blog from the pages of Mak Andeh & Her Broods. Anyway, since coming back from the Holy Land I have made a promise to myself to read The Qur-an for at least one 'ain daily, failing to do so would see me having to read two 'ains.

Alhamdulillah, I have khatam The Book twice already and now going into the third one.

May He give me strength to keep doing it till the end of my life, as I pray that you would be able to do likewise, insha-Allah
Bro. Ahmad: thanks for the encouraging words. Alhamdulillah, so far I still manage to follow thru' with the commitment. Yes definnately it's achievable.

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