24 Ramadan 2012: Just do

You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give. – Eleanor Roosevelt

At the end of the day, it is the only thing that we can do: do our best and let it go.

We used to confuse reliance on god as a way to do what was clear to us and say ‘oh god, please help … we are waiting…’. However, over time we realized that we must do our best in whatever situation that comes our way because otherwise we will always wonder, what if we did this or that? or we would have this nagging gut feel that says, ‘you didn’t do your best’! So doing our best gives us half the peace as we seek ways, knowledge and information to deal with what comes our direction, i.e. life.

The other half of inner peace is related to the reliance on god. The prophet PBUH said:

If you all depend on Allah (god) with due reliance, He would certainly give you provision as He gives it to the birds who go forth hungry in the morning and return with full bellies at dusk. *

We don’t believe we need to add anymore to this perfect saying and instead say, inner peace cannot come with one or the other, we need both – doing our best and relying on god.

May god remind us of this whenever we face life situations that seem too difficult to deal with.

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*  At-Tirmidhi