During the workshop we had reflected on what we had learnt from participants about knowledge and attitudes to eye health in general, and eye health and diabetes in particular. One important factor that emerged was that some people had a fatalistic attitude, 'it is Allah's will'; or a sense that poor and failing eyesight is just inevitable, that nothing can be done.
One member of the workshop recalled a saying 'Trust in Allah but tether your camel'. We tracked the saying back to a Sufi story which is a light-hearted yet powerful counter to mindsets of hopelessness or fatalism.
I shared it with one of the two groups of people with diabetes participating in developing the interventions for the project. They enjoyed the humour of it, and had no problem in homing in on the story's main message. You might enjoy the story too: