“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.”
This is perhaps the most intelligent sentence ever written. If you have no other form of guidance in your life, at least remind yourself of the serenity prayer once a day. It’s especially great if you tend to be a bit of a perfectionist and tend to criticize those who don’t live up to your perfect expectations. I’m not saying that’s me. I’m just saying, if you happen to have that particular personality trait, you might find this quote useful.
Like for instance, if you are striving to create a better life for your family and decide to dedicate yourself to living simply and cutting down on spending, and you work really hard to put together meal plans each week and feed the whole family on $150 a week, and your husband shows no appreciation or enthusiasm whatsoever and complains that there’s not enough to eat even though the fridge is stocked full of food… If you had something like that going on in your life, you might want to write out this serenity prayer and stick it on your fridge or something. Because you can control the things you buy. You can control the food you make. You can control the food your child eats, to some degree. But, you can’t make your husband get excited about the new simple eating plan. So, you just do what you can do, and let the rest go. That’s really all you can do. So, if you run into a problem like that in your life, you can use this prayer. That’s all I’m saying.