"Suhaib reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Strange are the ways of a believerfor there is good in every affair of his and this is not the case with anyone else except in the case of abeliever for if he has an occasion to feel delight, he thanks Allah, thus there is a good for him in it, and if he gets into trouble and shows resignation (and endures it patiently), there is a good for him in it. " (Muslim)What a beautiful thing!!! We all need to realize that no matter what, I MEAN NO MATTER we will never be truly happy in this world. Sometimes you think, "if only I had that job, that car or that house, or such a spouse" that you then will be happy but that will not be the case, EVER. That only exists in Jannah! So strive for it not for this world. This world is only a means. If one looks at all the people that have the things you desire, you will find that they are not happy or content with any of it. I once asked one of my non-muslim friends what would it take for her to be happy, what would be the minimum amount of money she feels she needs to be "content." She said 300K but perhaps 500K.
Contentment is with Allah and only in it can one find happiness. Now going back to my friend's reply, could that actually be possible? Could one feel content or happy with that amount of money? Well one thing is for sure, when one attains what they want they usually belittle it and want more!
I sometimes wonder why a billionaire would need all those billions of dollars sitting in their bank. Seriously how can one have that much money in their bank account while people are starving and suffering? Another prime example are celebrities. Some people are so obsessed with them and would wish so direly to have them or someone "like" them. You think they are so perfect but they have so many ex-partners for a reason; they are not perfect. Its always "greener" on the other side.
We also need to realize that we will be tried by either pleasure (fortunes, blessings) or pain (misfortunes, deaths..etc). Regardless we should be grateful and return to our Lord in all situations. Know that everything that befalls us is from him and he is the only one whom can help us. Distancing yourself from Allah will not help you. On the contrary it will only destroy and be a cause of more distress. Take everything day by day. Do not anticipate the future because you will start to fear it, you will fear poverty or misfortune. This is a trick from shaytan. He only wants you to loose hope in Allah as that can lead you astray. It should be your sign to look at the condition of your heart and start to repair it with the worship of Allah. Busy yourself in worship! It is our medicine for our souls. Talk with Allah at all times especially before you sleep. Its the most beautiful thing. Treat the Qur'an as your daily Newsfeed. Read up on its news directly from Allah!
JUST NEVER loose hope in Allah. Why place your hope in this world?! it will only perish! Place your hope in Allah, have tawwakkul (trust in Allah).
Personally, I have had been feeling a little distressed about how things in my life have sorted out. According to me, nothing has worked out as I had planned. Then I thought, "who the cheerio do I think I am to believe I own myself and knows whats better for myself than Allah. Astagfur'allah (may allah forgive me)."
Allah is the best of planners and I should rely in Allah. What is the worst that can happen to me? Nothing... As of right now I feel a little stressed about where I will live after my lease is over. I am not sure if I can afford to live in this college town especially because I can't seem to find another job. On top of that, I am applying to Grad school simultaneously which stressed me out because its expensive to. Then If i do get accepted I am not sure how I will finance it. I find myself worrying too much and it is like a never ending cycle of worry. The more I think deeper into my future the more I stress. Sometimes I can't sleep and many times I have I broke down. I even stress about the fact that I fear my parents will die in disbelief. I dont know yet what will happen and I am already crying about it.
I really wish things were easier but you know... they are already. Alhamdulillah, All my family is alive and I adore my family and they adore me. I will not go hungry to bed and I have awesome legs that I can bike heck of fast. I have everything I need and I feel so blessed. I rather go through this trial than have a tougher trial.
I love the fact I have these trials because they are purifying me and I know that Allah loves me and I want him to love me. I will be patient and do what is within my power to change my situation Bismillah! What a beautiful thing is the case of the Believer! Our happiness lies in Allah! Allahu Akbar!