My first encounter with the serenity prayer was in 6th grade when I was visiting the neighbor’s house. There it was, framed on the wall, and when I read the last line I literally chuckled. I thought it was meant to be funny. Maybe it is. Maybe the fact that we drive ourselves to distraction by things totally out of our control, and then simultaneously fail to act on things that are and seem to be confused about what falls into which category is the essence of human folly. God help me.
My Sunday prayer
God, grant me the serenity to accept (but not necessarily approve of) the things I cannot change:
not everyone likes me.
it is getting dark at 4:30 now.
the guy in front of me on the highway is driving 5 miles below the speed limit in the left lane.
I am forgiven.
the virus is terrifyingly out of control and not everyone acts as they should.
The courage to change the things that I can:
my shitty attitude.
an unmade bed.
a hard conversation I have been avoiding.
the flu shot that I didn’t get but is totally available at Walgreens.
And the wisdom to know the difference.
Friends, what do YOU need the serenity to accept and the courage to change?
Comments are open. (But don’t be an asshole. I got a flu shot yesterday)
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