I woke this morning feeling very unmotivated. I sat up, said a little prayer, and pulled myself out of bed after debating whether or not to call in sick. I made it to work somehow and was moving like a snail. Why was I feeling this way? I got almost 8 hours of sleep! In retrospect, it may have been feelings of despair. What can I do to make my life better? What am I supposed to be doing?

On the way home I stopped by Borders to find a motivating book to read. I knew that if I went home I would just crawl in bed and watch TV all day. I came across this book, "The Bounty Of Allah" by Aneela Khalid Arshed and read this quote:

"Do not lose hope in adversity and complain that God singled you out for punishment, remitting others guilty of worse sins. Your present state could very well be His intent to elevate your spiritual station or He could just be testing your faith. Every day that you perservere, you grow closer to perfection. Thus your present despair may be the beginning of an infinite blessing." -- Sheikh Abdul Quadir Jillani

It was very comforting to read this quote. I went on to browse through some books in the Business section and went home full of motivation, hope, and inspiration.

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