Yup, we've all had them.
You wake up late. Someone or another is cranky in your family. The traffic is horrendous and your boss is fuming at you for missing another one of his deadlines (which you completely forgot about). Oh and you've got 416 emails to go through.
Those are the days I know you wish to bury yourself and hide or just crawl into bed and cry. But wait, it's not all bad. You're a productive Muslim, remember? ;).
Take a deep breath and realize, it's not THAT bad. Yes, you're having some emergencies, but they should not derail you completely into a downward spiral of complaints & suicidal thoughts. Relax. Everything will be alright. Just don't panic!
Now, you've got yourself together. Time for Divine intervention. Go make wudhu and pray 2 rak'aah asking Allah (Subhanahu wa ta'ala) for help. (Oh, if you woke up late, you probably missed Fajr, better make that up first. ;)) Read some Quran and keep your tongue moving with remembrance of Allah (say Alhamdulillah, or SubhanaAllah in abundance).
Prayed? Great! Now, pen and paper in hand, pause to think what you got to do that day to make it less of a bad day. What actions need to be taken or tasks completed to make it feel like it was not a total disaster day?
Done that? Super! Now, go for it. Go take those actions, complete those tasks, and at the end of the day have a nice cup of herbal tea and say to yourself, "You know what? This wasn't a bad day after all."
Bad days, good days...it really is about whether you make the most of them. That's the attitude of a productive Muslim.
(Aka Abu Productive)
p/s reminder to myself