- POSTED ON: May 12, 2011


Serenity means calmness and tranquality.
The Serenity prayer says:

“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. “

Some things we can change,
and some things we cannot change.
How do we know the difference?

Recognizing the difference between what we can change
and what we cannot change will make our lives
more peaceful and more productive.

Wisdom is the recognition that our control is limited.
 The only thing that we have any power over
is our own behavior and our own choices.

For Serenity we must Accept that we have no power or control
over the behaviors or the choices of others.

Changing the things we can,
means mustering our Courage to work toward
the difficult task of changing ourselves,
specifically…changing our own attitudes and our own behaviors.

Many of us spend time feeling anxious
about things we cannot change:
things like the economy, the weather, traffic on the freeway,
or the actions of other people who are close to us.

This focus on things that are outside our personal control
drains from us the energy that we need
to make the most of our own personal opportunities.

The Wisdom I’ve found is: 
that Acceptance of this Truth
brings me Serenity and also gives me Courage.

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On May 12, 2011 Karen925 wrote:
the difficult task of changing ourselves, specifically…changing our own attitudes and our own behaviors****This is one of the hardest things a person can do. I have brought communion to the sick and dying for years. Objectively, these were very trying circumstances. The way each individual faced their situation depended greatly on their own attitudes, usaully developed over a lifetime. Often times, I left with a serene joy, because of the choice the person made in their attitudes with how they dealth with their problem.

On May 12, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Karen, what interesting experiences for you, and a great example for us all.

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