From the heart

Jumping Castle

Last week at the park, looking at my niece enjoying herself inside the jumping castle I was reminded about my childhood. She was completely enthralled in there, laughing and jumping. I too used to spend hours inside the jumping castle. It felt like a different world. Once inside I always anticipated remaining in there forever no matter how much my parents demanded me to come out.

I jumped and jumped bouncing back again each time I came to the initial level. Then I was pushed back higher into the air never dreading about getting injured when I dropped back to the start level. I had no fear of reaching the height because I was confident that I will remain safe no matter how far I went.

Just at that very moment I got myself into thinking that life must have been easier if it too followed the concept of a jumping castle. No matter how much ahead we went, coming back to square zero wouldn’t have been so painful. And then, each time we strived again to move forward, life would push us further ahead like a rocket launcher sending its rocket high up into the air.

Well, life really can’t imitate a jumping castle but our positive thoughts could seriously make it work like one. Let us not think about the failures, the losses, the grief, the betrayal, the hurt or the negative consequences. Let us just keep faith in ourselves, in our ability; in our life and most importantly, in Allah, that whatever will happen, it will be for the good. Falling back is a part of life, but remaining strong and not letting ourselves get hurt is all up to us.

“Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game!” – Babe Ruth