Perspectives: When things go wrong

Asgar-DhanjiThe writer, Asgar Jafferali Dhanji (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) served as the Secretary-General of the Africa Federation for two – 3-years terms.  He served as JIBA Vice Chairman – with a particular passion to raise funds and offer Micro Finance to our Community – for low-income, underprivileged, startups, Business loans, individuals, and small enterprises — thereby giving opportunities to grow economically.  He is the founder of Imaan Finance Ltd — the First Islamic Finance Institution in Tanzania.  and has also served in Dar es Salaam Jamaat’s Arbitration Committee as well as a Board member of Ebrahim Haji Charitable Hospital – with a particular passion for the project of building the new hospital.  He is now a motivational/Inspirational speaker giving regular Saturday Fajr lectures at Dar Imambara.




he focus of many conversations is limited to:
ills of society, the obstacles, injustices, the weather and the hassle of work. Also a lot of discussion on what is wrong with other people, coworkers, customers and everyone else.

But have you ever marvelled at how often things go right:
Most flights are on time, the competency of workers, emails and phone calls that are returned, appointments are kept, the interdependence of schedules and right down, and most people are friendly.

We take it all for granted. We choose to focus on a few exceptions. We believe more will go right if we do focus on what’s wrong. But why when things go wrong once in a while, we make it such a big issue?
Do we live in a perfect world?

The lack of perspective seems to be true with so many aspects of daily life. A person may have a dozen tasks to complete in a day. Eleven of them went well, and the other one is discussed over dinner.

Most of us must face our share of hassles, disappointments, incompetence and rejection.It is all part of working for a living. Well, people make errors, Mother Nature does her thing and things do sometimes go wrong.

So, be patient and be wise to keep at least a little bit of perspective to make allowances that people make errors and systems do fail – this will open your eyes to the bigger picture.

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