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.
This simple yet powerful prayer is what I’ve been meaning to pass on to you my friends.
Summer is quickly fading and we’ll soon enter a new season, one that represents notable changes around us. Children are back to school, vacation brain is out the door and its back to business-back to work mode. Depending where you are in the world, the leaves on your sycamore trees will turn pretty brownish red colors and fall. But most importantly, there’s a season of change we come to experience within ourselves. One of crossroads, and mixed signals, sullen mountains with hidden valleys, where you make mind-blowing decisions that causes head-on collisions…and somehow,in the midst of it all, still find light at the end of the tunnel.
Light at the end of the tunnel? Handling the seasons of life? How do you get from here to there? Well, instead of my initial and instinctual advice, one that says something along the lines of get some gloves, a punching bag, and have at it, either that or go on a Häagen-Dazs binge…I thought this might be better.
Here’s my quick breakdown of a time-tested “tool’ from my handy dandy toolbox of resources:
God grant me: That means you are pushing your pride aside and asking for help. You are seeking from a power outside of your own which means you’re letting go of control and that’s scary, but it’s in vulnerability that we often find truth.
Serenity: Being calm despite the storm brewing inside our hearts, despite our naysayers, our inner critics, and those who seek to destroy us because they themselves are miserable. It is in moments of serenity that you remember that there’s love. And Love is everything.
Acceptance of what you cannot change: You are your best work of art, beautiful poetry in motion. When you get that, you’ll stop trying to force feed your hidden agenda down the throats of anyone who you think will pay attention. You will stop demanding others to fit your mode of “right”, or expecting others to be your missing puzzle pieces. Work on yourself, because then you will know to say yes only when you mean it. Or hecks to the no when you know you are worth more and deserve better, (have to get rid of your own struggle mentality and all that it brings).
Courage to change what I can: Not coming to a place of hopelessness and analysis paralysis. Believing you are enough. Discovering your purpose, living your mission statement,and you values, remembering your why…Choosing to dance.
Wisdom to know the difference: Embracing all of your seasons all the while knowing when to rock the boat or keep it steady.
So, feel free to put that in your pocket and save it for a rainy day.
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