by Hajer Q. Serag Eldin Shahin
“Woe to the man whose heart has not leaned while young to trust, to hope, to love — and to have faith I in life.”
I guess this is Faith. Pushing forward when you feel like you should be pulling back. Tightly holding on when you feel like your hand is slipping away because you arms are becoming numb from doing so. And yet you endure, to the very end.
“Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.”
I guess this is trust. Embracing the uncertainty. Holding hands with doubt while the other hand waves goodbye to pride. Recognizing the bad and yet choosing to believe in the good. Closing your eyes to the darkness and opening your soul to the light.
“Trust is letting go of needing to know all the details before you open your heart to hope.”
I guess this is hope. Exposing you vulnerable heart to whatever else that’s left. Looking at the empty jar on the table only to marvel at how there’s so much more to fill. When common sense tells you to quit being stupid, you tell him, “Well I’d rather be extraordinarily stupid than sensibly common.”
“Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible through love.”
I guess this is love. Opening the door to all the good and the bad. When it doesn’t matter what you have or what you don’t, because you’ll give no matter what. When their weakness matters more to you than their strengths; and you feel their pain as if it were your own. When you feel your feet moving towards the edge and your insides shaking with fear, you laugh and shout, “this is going to be one big fall and I don’t care.”
“Love wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of beginning and all fear of an end. Love means to commit oneself without guarantee, to give oneself completely in the hope that our love will produce love. Love is an act of faith. Love makes things easy. Faith makes it possible.”