Ramadan 2: True Colors


Let us believe neither half of the good people tell us of ourselves, nor half of the evil they say of others.
J. Petit Senn


On this second day of Ramadan, people, have been on my mind.

I found myself thinking, something feels different when dealing or talking to some people in Ramadan. What is it that makes some more patient, more satisfied, and generally, more at peace? What is it that makes others …. the complete opposite?

I personally find that Ramadan offers an opportunity to get to know the true nature of people. Lack of food and water, can affect people at different levels, which makes us ponder on the state of those who can’t find any on a daily basis. I have met many who are the most giving, most peaceful/calm, most spiritual, or the most friendly during Ramadan, contrary to their behaviour the rest of the year. It sometimes brings a smile to my face as I think that often, people can be misunderstood.

I don’t want to focus on the opposite case because I say, if one considers good intentions as the source of all people’s actions, it leaves one thing to think about, ourselves. In this Ramadan, I ask god to grant me and you, the ability to see people in their true colors and if not, to just let things go.