Someone asked Hassan Al Basri: “What is the secret of your piety?”
“I understood 4 things:
- I understood my rizq (provision) cannot be taken by anyone so my heart is content.
- I understood that no one can do my actions (worship) for me, so I started doing them myself.
- I understood Allah ﷻ is watching me, so I felt shame to do any wrong.
- I understood death is waiting for me so I started to prepare for my meeting with Allah ﷻ.”
[Unsure of the source, but the words hold true]