One of my all time favorite books is Stolen Lives by Malika Oufkir. It's a memoir (in the Oprah's book club obviously). It had a profound impact on me due to the phrase pictured below.
Long and wonderful story short: Malika's whole family was captured and jailed for 20+ years. At one of the prisons in the very beginning of their journey they met an old woman who was said to be a psychic of some kind and told the family they would indeed be free and somehow escape, she said: "Zouain zouain bezef". Which is an ancient Arabic phrase that translates to "It will be miraculous, very miraculous"
These words kept Malika's family going for the next 20 years. Believing they were living a predestined miracle made it so they could overcome everything their captures thrust upon them. In their darkest times they would murmur to one another "Zouain zouain bezef"
I remember reading it at the time and thinking How wonderful is that? "Miraculous" struck me as such a special word. Who wouldn't want to believed their life was going to be a miracle?That somehow everything that is happening now is all leading to miraculous and wonderful endings. It struck me as a daring new idea that perhaps I could view my own life as "Miraculous" too. What would be different about my journey if I told myself "It will be miraculous, very miraculous".
It's made every ounce of difference, and I've realized that miracles come when you believe in them, and because you believe in them. Some people say they'll believe it when they see it. Malika's story showed me that it's actually the other way around, when you believe it you'll see it.
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