Reading some of the comments today, I was reminded of the Serenity Prayer. A part of which I do use as much as I can in my own life. A part of the prayer:
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change. The courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”
The first part as I see it. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change. In this physical life there is almost nothing that I can’t change at least to some extent should I so choose. Asd I sit here there are only 2 things that just pop to mind that I can’t change. One is my heart,I do not have a healthy heart. I know it will one day fail and there is nothing I can do about that. Having said that though I realize there are things in my life that I can do to “work with my heart”, to support it as it struggles at times to beat away.
What I truly have no control over and can not change is other people. We have to realize that, accept that. Other people are other people, they are living their lives the very best way they can. We must just accept that. I am responsible for who I am and what I do, others are responsible for who they are and what they do. We must accept them as they are or let them go.
I had planned on carrying on with the rest of my thoughts on the prayer and will tomorrow. Went with Henri to the store and am really pooped. I am interest in the thoughts of others on this.
Fabulous commentary you gave on your interpretation, Bill. Many thanks.
I thank you my friend for stopping by and leaving a comment..
I think you’re absolutely right. People do the best they can with what they know at the time and even if it isn’t our definition of best – it’s all they can do. If we can’t accept it, then we do have a choice to let it go.
Hi Jill.You are right on. For me the hard part is knowing when to let go.
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.
(Although known most widely in its abbreviated form above,
the entire prayer reads as follows…)
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
I felt a need to post the long version–mostly because I’m fond of it and have it in several key places where I can see it on a daily basis.
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace.
Now there’s the line that I truly need to embrace some days. Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace….
I think I said it earlier–for me it’s about acceptance and surrender–and faith.
Fear does strange things with me.
My answer for fear has always been “faith”.
Yup–time for a surrender. (as many times as I need to, eh?)
I hope you have a wonderful weekend, sir. 🙂
I thank you for posting this Mel. I tend to focus so much on the first few lines I forget the rest. I really needed this,”faith and surrender”.
I hope you have a great weekend.
((((((((( Bill )))))))))))
It’s been an awesome weekend!
Complete with a frozen pipe and seeing eagles! Who could ask for more!! (k….maybe coulda done without the frozen pipe…..) LOL
seeing eagles great, frozen pipes not so much.