Learning from struggles & sufferings

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Apr 2018 11:29:42



By sana shahbaz akbani

From every failure
Emerges the chance
Of new success

THE sun was setting in the west over the mountains. Half of the orb had already dipped beneath the ridge. In a few minutes, the whole sun disappeared behind the still-glowing mountain range. Then darkness began to set in on all sides. The light of the sun was gradually receding, and it seemed as if the whole area would be plunged in pitch darkness. But just then, another light began to ascend. It was the full moon, ascending in the east as the sun set in the west. In a short while the whole scene was lit up again. Not long after the eclipse of the sunlight, the earth was illuminated a new.

This is a sign of nature. When one possibility ends, another begins. With the setting sun, the rise of the moon gives light to the world. So it is, for individuals and nations—there is always hope. If one falls victim to the hand of fate, there is no need to be discouraged. There is no cause for despair in this world of God. By grasping fresh opportunities and utilising them, one can arise again. Brief definition of this we can find in holy revelation of God (Al-Quran) in 94/5. ’For indeed with hardship there will be ease.’ All one has to do is go about one’s task in an intelligent manner without ever giving up trying. God has created this world full of wonderful opportunities. Here, when matter perishes, it becomes energy; when darkness comes, a new light emerges from its depths; when one building falls, it leaves a place for the construction of another. So it is, with events in the life of man. From every failure emerges the chance of new success.

The same applies to nations too. The suffering resulting from backwardness can give rise to a new spirit of struggle and endeavour and lead them on to greater heights. No one need lose heart in this world of God. It is rightly said by Abdul Kalam sir:Don’t read success stories,you will get only message,Read failure storiesyou will get some ideas to get successHowever uncompromising circumstances may seem, they contain somewhere, the possibility of triumph for man. What one should do is seek out these possibilities and use them to turn one’s defeat into victory. Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. Remember that every dark cloud has a silver lining. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings. (The author can be contacted at
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