"If there were for the son of Adam a valley full of riches, he would long to possess another one like it for the son of Adam does not feel satiated but with dust," said the the Prophet Muhammad(SAW). Before we delve in to introspect this statement, we must know that this article is not another empty preaching that speaks of ideals and notions that are better spoken of than acted upon. Gratefulness is an ideal that allows us to pick out and appreciate the things and people that get us through life. While we seek medical and psychological help in order to achieve a state of tranquility, what we fail to realize is that it is in fact the smallest things that require us to acknowledge how blessed we are.
Here's the thing: Nobody ever says how amazing their parents have been, how it's humbling that they never had to go a day without food, how they are safe from the tribulations a war-torn nation faces…and all this while all around the world, orphans cry themselves to sleep every night longing for a shoulder to rest upon, infants and adults alike have given up the hope to live for their bodies cringe and complain in anticipation of a morsel of food and how mothers wail for their education deprived children who never get to see the rising sun masked by the war-infused smog that environs them. Without knowing it, you, my dear reader, are blessed beyond belief. The mere fact that you're reading this piece of writing is proof enough!
Gratitude isn't a whole entity in itself. It bears as its wings another notion called contentment. One can express gratitude only once contentment, alchemical by virtue, touches his heart and turn it into treasured gold. Think of it like this: A well-resourced (much to the envy of other contenders) gardener decides to enter a watermelon growing competition where the prodigious, healthiest watermelon grower gets rewarded. The gardener toils away to glory, utilizing his top-tier machinery and nutrients, to yield a produce. On the day of the competition, the man sees his neighbor holding a watermelon slightly bigger than his and manages to stealthily exchange his fruit with his, without anybody noticing. Once the evaluation begins, that gardener had the greatest weighing watermelon, followed by his neighbor, but then was the quality check. The judge sliced each watermelon to examine the interior. As destiny would have it, his watermelon on slicing oozed out worms! Who was the winner? The wronged neighbor! The moral so expressed is that the grass isn't greener on the other side. It's greener where you water it! The man lacked contentment with his work and equipment, despite it being what others envied, and so was the victim of such a tragedy.
We often yearn to achieve all that is capable of making us feel worthy and happy and this state of absolute tranquility that we seek can only be attained when we learn to appreciate and thank for the smallest things we have. To initiate a robust life, we must start with the basic, most essential ingredient called gratitude. A sense of awareness that we have all that we need to get by life and that our situation could've been way worse will automatically alleviate and put together the shattered fragments of our heart with an everlasting adhesive called contentment. As our hearts overflow with contentment, we will come to realize that the statement "…the son of Adam does not feel satiated but with dust" holds the power to open up our eyes to the fact that all of this is a temporary lure and the dust of our graves will put an eternal end to the human heart's wanton greed.