This Blog by Cher’ley Grogg
Do you remember the first time you heard the “Serenity Prayer”. The first time I heard the poem was when President John F. Kennedy repeated it:
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the knowledge to know the difference.
This little prayer can help us through many a trial and tribulation. Some things in our lives can’t be changed such as chronic illness and death. More things can be changed, the things that are centered in our emotions: rejection, depression, loneliness, and inadequacy. We have to learn the difference and ways to change the things we can.
There is more to this poem and the words are not new. Written by Reinhold Niebuhr, and first used in the written form at the conclusion of his sermon in 1943.
The original attributed to Niebuhr is:
God give me grace to accept with serenity
The things that cannot be changed.
Courage to change the things
Which should be changed,
And the Wisdom to distinguish
The one from the other.
Living one day at a time.
Enjoying one moment at a time.
Accepting hardships as a pathway to peace,
Taking as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it.
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to your will.
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with you in the next.
Recognize your problem. Listen to what others are saying to you. No matter how subtle the voice is, either of your friend, or in your own mind, there is an acknowledgement of what is going on in your life.
You may not need to be surrounded by others or a hands-on comfort, but you need to understand something has changed in your life.
Or You may need the hands-on comfort that can only be received from others. Hands-on comfort can help you heal.
There’s no right or wrong way to recognize your sorrow.
The important thing to remember is “I need help”. Even though, I can’t change all situations, or hurts or problems in my life, I can change some of them.
Joy for today: *Go outside, lay down on the grass (or lean way back in a chair) and look straight up at the clouds. What do you see?*
Do you see and elephant or a dragon looking back over his shoulder?
The above blog is an excerpt from the first chapter in “The Journey Back—One Joy at a time”.
I think this has been a week for poetry. Seems to be on our WW&W’s blog.
How long has it been since you’ve thought of serenity? How long has it been since you’ve taken a long, slow look at the clouds? Do you see animals, or snow drifts? Do you see mountains? One of our favorite pastimes when I was a child was to find animals in the clouds and I shared this with my kids and grandkids. How about you? How does this poem make you feel and did you know that what we call “The Serenity Prayer” is just a smaller part of a larger prayer?
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