It is Between You and God

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone can destroy overnight; build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, there may be jealousy; be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; give the world the best you’ve got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.”

– Kent Keith

These ten timeless principles were first articulated by the author when he was a student at Harvard in the nineteen sixties. Since then, they’ve traveled around the world and back again — usually with no attribution at all. They’ve been cited as an anonymous poem on more than eighty websites; appropriated as song lyrics; quoted in books and by business leaders; circulated by organizations from the Boy Scouts to the Special Olympics; and tacked to the wall of Mother Teresa’s children’s home in Calcutta. It is often attributed to her.

It was upon learning about this last appearance that Kent Keith was moved to put his commandments, the philosophy behind them, and the stories that bring them to life into this modern credo for living well, being happy, and doing good anyway.

Ya Haqq!

20 Responses to It is Between You and God

  1. Barbara Simpson Eguez says:

    Beautiful dearest Irving! I am going to print this and put it up by my desk at work to share with others

  2. Marahm says:

    Thank you for posting this. It is true and inspiring.

  3. Achelois says:

    This gave me goosebumps!

  4. ned says:

    A lovely quotation, one to live by. Reminds me of Sri Aurobindo’s statement that the secret of sadhana (spiritual practice) is to give, to give for the sake of God, and not demand or want anything. To be open and receptive and to give all one is to the Divine.

  5. minaretmuse says:

    Beautiful, thank you for the reminder :)

  6. Shahrzad says:

    Beautiful.. Good people in all religions have similar approach.. I like quotes by Mother Theresa. May God bless her soul.. :)

  7. Katib says:

    Salams Br darvish

    Thank you for posting it.


  8. asqfish says:

    SubhanAllah! I must remind my self that everything I do is “Fi sabillAllah!”

  9. Umm Ibrahim says:

    Assalaamu alaikum,

    Absolutely beautiful ~ brought a tear or two to my eyes!

  10. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Sisters:

    Thank you for the comments on Mother Theresa’s beautiful words :) Her lesson to us is especially important during Ramadan, but it is also always true in every day life, every day of the year… it is always, always, between us and God.

    Not only to strive to treat each other the way we want to be treated, the Golden Rule, but to treat each other the way we want God to treat us, with forgiveness, kindness, generosity, mercy, compassion, understanding, and love.

    Ya Haqq!

  11. Abdul. says:

    Yeh irving it is always between us and God.

    but ur last piece of advice – treat everyone how you would like God to treat you,

    is rather hard to put into practice. Im sure even u cant put it into practice

    Life is tough on ground Zero and God is nowhere to be seen!

    its between us and them for the time being!

  12. Faraaz says:

    wow..beautiful words…from a beautiful person!!

  13. seeker94 says:

    Wow! Beautifully said. A great reminder. I shall definitely print a copy and place it at my desk at work. Jazakallah!

  14. Redwan Ahmed says:

    Assalamu Alaikum, Irving

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  15. Umm Bilal says:

    Assalamu alaikum,
    Dear Irving Darvish,
    Insha’Allah we are the recipients of being granted the ability to strengthen our link with our Maker,
    Profound sentiments!
    Wassalamu alaikum

  16. Maithri says:

    I have always loved these words dear brother, they were written by Kent Keith in 1966, Mother Teresa was so moved by the verses that she placed them upon a wall of Shishu Bhaven, her orphanage in Calcutta, India.

    She embodied these words. Lived them.

    Thank you for reminding me of them and of her spectacular life today,

    May we all learn to live in conversation with the divine,

    My deep love to you,


  17. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Brothers and Sister:

    Thank you, Brother Maithri for pointing out the proper attribution :) I have corrected the post and added a link to Dr. Keith. As always, you are a lifesaver :)

    Ya Haqq!

  18. Aisha says:

    Alhumdulilah I really need that right now. It seems that the more you strive the more negativity you get and it can be difficult, but some say that lets you know you are doing a good thing.

  19. zack says:

    God does not exsitance and you are a flock of ignorant unitelligent buffons to belive in something that is so not there and illogicail

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