the serenity prayer

the serenity prayer

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference."

The Serenity Prayer really hits home for me, and I've come to see it in a couple of different lights. 

On one hand, it feels like a timeline. Acceptance deals with the past—stuff that's already happened, the baggage I'm carrying around. Then there's courage, which is all about tackling the now, the scary, in-your-face parts of life that jump out at you just for being human. And wisdom? That's where the future comes in. It's like being shaped by everything you've gone through, finding this kind of peace that lets you stop worrying over the past or fretting about what's coming next.

But sometimes, I sense the prayer is more like a mental trick, a way to focus on the word 'acceptance.' When I really think about it, acceptance is about being wide awake in the here and now. No dwelling on regrets, no chasing after what's next, no losing sleep over worries. When you get right down to it, that's all you need. What's left after that, right? Wisdom and courage, they're just visitors passing through your mind, showing up now and then.

To me, the Serenity Prayer is an energy shift. It's like saying 'yes' to a different way of dealing with life, a plan of attack for when we're feeling knocked down or tangled up in negativity. It's a reminder to breathe deep and refocus.

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