I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me.

I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate I decide not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping, I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who doesn’t deserve my patience.

—  Meryl Streep

Keep Your Chin Up

Towards the end of Cinderella, after her daughters have unsuccessfully tried to put on the glass slipper, Lady Tremaine lies to the Duke that there are no other women in the house, saying, “There’s no one else, Your Grace.” Have any of you ever noticed that, when she says this sentence, not only does she shake her head no, but she also sticks her chin upwards?

To me, this gesture does not mean that she afraid of looking the Duke in the eye because she is telling a lie. In fact, not only does Lady Tremaine appear to be looking at him even when he is off screen, but it is very clear that, as long as she has things laid out perfectly and can get away with it, she is not afraid to lie at all. Instead, her gesture is really a sign of her snobbishness (since some snobby, wealthy people stick their chins up to show how they think are of greater importance than others) as well as her arrogance and confidence in lying to the Duke.

Remember, by this point, Lady Tremaine had already grasped the key in her pocket, so she thinks she still has it with her; therefore, she is completely confident that Cinderella has no chance of escaping her room and that she will get away with telling this lie to the Duke.

But then when she hears Cinderella calling and sees her at the top of the stairs right before the Duke walks out, Lady Tremaine is completely shocked and confused at how Cinderella escaped, then tries everything to keep her plans from being ruined…but despite her efforts, she is ultimately unsuccessful.

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Your own sins should distract you enough from focusing on the faults of others.

Stay conscious of your flaws.. the greatest men who lived done more for Islam than you and I could imagine, yet they still saw their sins higher than mountains and always felt like they could do more in terms of their good deeds. So take lesson and remember it’s healthy to realise what you do not know, and what you still can and need to do.

“If you see that one of you has slipped, correct him, pray for him and do not help shaytaan against him (by insulting him)” - Umar ibn Al Khattab