However we got here, here we are. But what we do with our lot in life is entirely up to us. The Serenity Prayer comes to mind. Frequently connected to Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step recovery programs, the prayer’s most often cited lines are:
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 prayer is attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr, and was written in the early 1940s. In one version of the prayer, it goes on to say:
Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace… So that I may be reasonably happy in this life…
When I say that what we do with our lives is up to us, I do also acknowledge that there are factors we cannot change. We are perhaps under financial constraints, facing other health issues, dealing with addictions of some nature, up to our ears in whatever repercussions there may have been from our depressed condition. But there is something we can do. One step we can take for our own good, no matter how small.
My encouragement to you today is to take that small step. Find the courage. Be open to the wisdom that will let you decipher what you can and cannot change. Maybe save the acceptance part for another day. That’s a whole other concept.
I’m off to mow the lawn now. Grateful I am still in a home, grateful I have the health that enables me to perform this activity, grateful for the cat that just sat down on my arm. Makes typing a tad difficult, so maybe that’s my signal to sign off for now. I am wishing you courage for the day.