Day 15 - Sell Your Possessions

I found myself feeling guilty for not caring about a Super Bowl victory.

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I found myself feeling guilty for not caring about a Super Bowl victory. I seemed to lack the same overwhelming desire to win the big game that my teammates had. These emotions even made me question my own self-centeredness. I longed to shed tears of disappointment, but they refused to fall.

What was wrong with me? Did I possess the same level of dedication as my peers? Were their ambitions inherently more significant?

However, with the wisdom that comes with maturity and hindsight, I now recognize that deep within, I understood the profound consequences of humanity's attachment to materialistic pursuits, starting with my own. I had never been driven by possessions. Football had served as my escape—a way out of a tumultuous childhood, a path to embrace challenges, and a means to break free from the shackles of poverty. It was a tool to secure a better future for my family.

I did not love the game itself. Rather, I loved what the game represented—a chance to transcend adversity and provide for my loved ones. Football became a means to an end, a vehicle that could grant me the opportunities I craved.

As I reflect upon these revelations, I find solace in knowing that my journey had a deeper purpose beyond the superficial pursuit of trophies.

“And this life of the world is nothing but a sport and play; and as for the next abode, that most surely is the life, did they but know.” -Al-Qur'an 29:64

Once, there lived a man who believed that his path to eternal life relied on his remarkable deeds. Seeking guidance, he approached a wise prophet and inquired about the key to inheriting this eternal gift. Deep down, he already sensed the answer.

In response, the prophet advised him to give away all his possessions. Overwhelmed with sorrow, the man broke down and left, unable to fulfill the prophet's directive. Despite his accomplishments, he discovered an emptiness and insecurity. Something crucial was amiss. The issue did not lie solely in his wealth; it stemmed from where he had anchored his identity. He had placed his faith in the notion that his actions alone could secure eternal life

I did not love the game. I loved what the game could offer me.


True fulfillment and well-being extend beyond material gains. Nurturing our spiritual and moral selves is vital, even when it hurts.. Striking a harmonious balance between worldly pursuits and inner growth brings stability, genuine happiness, and a renewed sense of spiritual orientation.


Practice challenging one story you keep telling yourself.

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