Serenity, Change & Wisdom


“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. ”  Reinhold Niebuhr

Change is a bit like that.  There are things that you need to change, and those that you just have to accept and make peace with.  In the latter category, is other people.  We might hope that they choose to change, but in the end, we can’t change other people.  We can’t change our parents, our siblings, our partners, or anyone else.  How much emotion and energy and “if only”s must we waste before we can find a place of acceptance?

We can waste so much time and energy trying to change all those things that we have no power over, and absolutely fail to invest any of it in the one thing that we can change, the only thing we can change… ourselves.

I sincerely hope that today does not find you in this place; but if it does, that this simple piece of wisdom might help.

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