“Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall in love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin– find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.”

Maya Angelou

Fudayl ibn Iyad (رحمة الله عليه) said:

“Admiration is part of faith and envy is part of hypocrisy. The believer admires others and does not envy others, and the hypocrite envies others and does not admire others. The believer overlooks the faults of others, admonishes others, and gives good advice. The hypocrite disgraces others, insults others, and betrays others.” 

[(Hilyat Al-Awliya 11716) (Narrater: Abu Nu’aim)]

I like the way you smile when you know you’ve done something cute. I like the way you laugh when sometimes my jokes aren’t even funny; you’re just humoring me. I like the way our conversations evolve at night, and we both feel more comfortable to share deep thoughts. I like the way you match your clothes and have a way with colors. It helps because I’m terrible with things like that. I like the many shirts you own, and I will admit, I do know that you have more than five shirts. I even like that gray sweatshirt that you wear every. single. day. It’s part of who you are, and you are pretty darn great.
—  2:27pm thoughts// snow dayyy

my confession is that I’m actually embarrassed about the amount of times I think about being in a relationship with Mark, but really there is no man in the world who I admire more and who makes me want to be a better person. Even just being Mark’s friend would be a dream come true for me. I’m pretty sure I may be in love with this man.