I am grateful for the gift of eating together.
The month of Ramadan is the only time when I get to eat with my family. We all sit around the table to eat our early morning pre-sunrise breakfast (suhoor) at 3:30 am and dinner (iftar) at 8:30 pm. It's during this time of the year that I am reminded of the benefits of eating together- from random conversations to small periods of silence (no one wants to talk at 3:30 am).
For the next 30 days, I, like the rest of the Muslim community, begin to see a transformation happen within ourselves. Suddenly our priorities get flipped. Instead of our schedules dictating our lives, our faith gives meaning to our existence.
We learn to let go. We learn to pause, stop and take a step back. We learn to reconnect with God, with ourselves, with our families and with our communities.
We find time to do the things that matter the most. We learn to live how are we meant to.
I am grateful for this month of Ramadan.