Daily Archives: March 16, 2012

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.

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.

— Reinhold Niebuhr

calm … calmness … tranquility … peace … composure

These are synonyms for serenity. Some days are frenetic … fast and uncontrolled in a rather wild and uncontrolled way. Today … hailstones pounding this morning … a little boy, feverish with a hurting belly … a BIG grocery shopping trip, after a … small, emergency grocery trip for applesauce and crackers for the little guy with the sore tummy … a surprising phone call … a mid-afternoon trip to the airport (about 90 minute round-trip) … kinda frenetic.

So, all I have to share tonight is this beautiful prayer, which says it so well … what belongs to me, and what belongs to others, and the wisdom of knowing and accepting which is which.

Peace to you, friends.