The Serenity Prayer: Are You Familiar With It?

United States
January 11, 2016 9:38am CST
This is an interesting prayer that has been named the "Serenity Prayer." "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." How often do we concern ourselves with things that we cannot change, wishing, for instance, that our life was different from the way it is. We must separate the things that we can't change from the things we CAN change. You can't change your features, that is, without plastic surgery, but you can change your appearance. Sometimes, just a little make-up, a nice hair cut or a lovely outfit can change our appearance. Amazingly enough, those things can also change our ATTITUDE about the way we see ourselves. When I dress up and put on make-up and style my hair early in the day, I have a whole different attitude than when I lounge around in dumpy clothes all day and don't bother to fix my hair and make-up. I don't even want to answer the door, if I don't look decent and sometimes I don't. So... I'm making more of an effort to get up and get my look together early in the day, so if someone does ring the doorbell, I'm not ashamed to open the door. OR if someone calls and wants me to meet them for lunch, HEY, I'm already dressed and ready to go. I want to be ready for anything. What do you think?
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@Marcyaz (36125)
• United States
11 Jan 16
I know the serenity prayer. You can change some things if you wish.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
11 Jan 16
I never stop trying Marcy.
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• United States
12 Jan 16
Yes, it's true, you CAN change things if you really want to. I could list a whole lot of situations in my life that caused me to make changes for the better. You don't have to accept things as they are when you have the ability to change them and you usually do have that power.
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@Marcyaz (36125)
• United States
13 Jan 16
@IreneVincent If you have the ability to change things for the better than it is good to do so but there are some things that you can't change.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
11 Jan 16
I admire you for making the most of it Alice. We can always keep trying to change some things. I love that prayer tho.
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• United States
12 Jan 16
I'm certainly not rich or famous, but I'm happy with my life and it took ME making certain changes that got me to where I am today. Just about any BAD situation can be improved if a person makes the effort to just DO what is necessary.
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@marlina (60950)
• Canada
11 Jan 16
Yes, I heard that prayer before.
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• United States
12 Jan 16
There are many things that we have the POWER to change in our lives if we really WANT to make the changes. Some people are willing to just settle for what they think they can't change. I've never thought that way in my life.
@Drosophila (16860)
• Ireland
11 Jan 16
It's one of my favourite prayer
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• United States
12 Jan 16
It certainly makes a lot of sense. We don't have to settle for less, when we have the POWER to change things that are making us unhappy or dissatisfied. I truly believe that.
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@Drosophila (16860)
• Ireland
12 Jan 16
@IreneVincent My favourite part is "the wisdom to know the difference"