4 Moroccan Proverbs To Live A Better Life
What is beautiful about Moroccans is their resilience. They survive on the daily facing government corruption, extremely low salaries, and strict laws that limit their freedoms. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on so many Moroccans’ livelihoods, but I know that we will find some way to survive after all this is over.
We are also quite a funny bunch and have some rather interesting, witty proverbs about life.
As a child, my parents would regularly share these proverbs with me, but I never understood their true meaning until they actually started to apply to my life.
Living in Morocco for almost 2 decades has transformed the way I deal with obstacles that come my way and these proverbs have definitely played a huge role on my journey towards building resilience.
“Waking Up Early Is Bought With Gold.”
My father, who has woken up at 4 AM every day for decades, has repeated this proverb to me too many times to count, but it’s true.
Having an early start is extremely valuable. We all have 24 hours in a day. Some of us spend it getting a lot done, while others complain about how little time they have.
I have come to love waking up early and almost feel like I get some extra time in the day because of this habit. The key to a great day is having time for yourself first, before opening it up to others.
Take your time for breakfast, have your coffee, read, meditate, do whatever it is that will relax you, and set you up for an amazing day ahead.
“Tighten and You Will Live Well.”
I have always laughed at my mother’s extreme frugality, but boy did I understand her when I was a college student and ran out of money during finals. I remember eating dried bread and black tea for days until I could borrow some money from a friend to get some groceries.
Knowing when to spend and when to save is a skill that can take years to hone. Consider your spending carefully and try to save as much as you can of your income. Whatever is left over after paying for your essentials shouldn’t be seen as spending money but as mostly savings and investments!
“A Hundred and One Thoughts Are Better Than the Scissor’s Strike.”
Overthinking is one thing, but considering your options very well before making a final decision is a skill that my parents have instilled in me since I was a child.
Before taking a big decision, write out the pros and cons of the different ways each decision could go. This will help you get your worries out on paper and see exactly where the issues might be.
This doesn’t mean that you won’t make mistakes, but it helps ensure that you make the best decision you can with the information you have and this can make a world of difference!
“What Has Passed is Dead.”
In other words, the past is over and there’s no use dwelling on what has already been done. Focusing on the past or future, rather than the present, is a dangerous game.
Forgetting to focus on the moment means that weeks, months, even years, can pass by so quickly without you even realizing it.
When you find yourself dwelling on the past or considering the future for longer than usual, try to focus on where you are right now. What can you see, touch, smell, hear? This little exercise can relax and calm you down, bringing you back to the now.
I am one of the over 30,000 Moroccans stranded across the globe, waiting to be repatriated after the government shut the borders down in mid-March. I haven’t been home since December 2019.
We are struggling emotionally, mentally, and financially, but the Moroccan soul can take a beating. We can weather the storm and make it out thriving if we so choose.
These proverbs will inspire you to work towards becoming a better person each and every day, despite the challenges you are facing.
Remember that no matter how terrible whatever it is that you are dealing with is that it will definitely pass. You just need to keep holding on and doing your best.
Take it day by day and trust that all will fall into place eventually. Succeeding in life isn’t about perfection, it’s about progress.