In life, most people (not all) aim to be upgraded at every opportunity given. From a clerk to an officer, from an executive to a manager, from single to married (?!), from driving a Proton Kancil to a Honda, from living in a rented house to something owned, from using a Pilot ballpoint pen to a Montblanc, from having a diploma to a degree, then to a Masters, then to a PhD, then to an Associate Professor, then to a Professor (does it end there, I wonder...), etc. All the examples given are material because they are the most obvious ones in life. What about upgrading the quality of Imaan in us?
This sort of upgrading is often easier hoped and talked about than done. Yes, everyone hopes to be able to perform their Hajj, fast more days, do more good deeds, sacrifice more worldly matters, give more to the needy, and spend more time praying and reading the Quran. But how many percent of us who hope and pray for this really achieve at least 50% of what we hope for? Or better still, how many percent of us really attempt to upgrade ourselves? At the end of each year, do we spend adequate time on our appraisals (if there are any!) to really evaluate how much effort we have actually put into the upgrading process? I congratulate those who have been successfully doing this, for I admit that I fail miserably each year.
Aaahh... that is the weakness of the human souls. The fluctuating Imaan - sometimes it reaches out to the skies, sometimes it stays monotonous, and at other unfortunate moments, it plunges down into the pits.
An interesting thought struck my mind earlier today: how many of us are really brave enough to take on a challenge in order to be upgraded? I mean, some people are not fortunate enough (ie: not being offered the opportunity) to even be considered for an upgrade. On the other hand, there are people who simply refuse to take the challenge, hence just being contented with what they have. "It's okay," they say, "We prefer a mediocre and simple life, without challenges, trials and tribulations. Offer it to someone else please."
So, upgrades are good, aren't they? Take on a challenge, strive hard to achieve it, and surrender to the Almighty. If only we are lucky enough and brave enough, that is...