Caroline’s gas light came on about halfway home today, and so I stopped and filled up before heading home. As I left the gas station and zeroed out the tripometer, I saw the full gas gauge and felt such a sense of possibility: just think of all the places I could go on this fresh tank! What wonders await?

It’s a somewhat smaller, less consequential, but relevantly similar feeling to what the New Year used to bring, and quite similar to loading a fresh roll of film, or shooting with a new camera. Alhamdulillah for these new beginnings, these new openings, fresh starts.

All these new beginnings, life is full of them, and so many pass us by without our even giving them a second thought. What loss!

إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ
إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ

By time,
All humanity is in loss
Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience

May Allah guide us to remember how limited our time here is, and take advantage of the opportunities He presents us with, to not just marvel at possibility, but to use these new beginnings as pathways to help us grow closer to Him, Ameen.

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