Serenity is a hard commodity to come by.
Even harder to hold onto.
Tragedy, loss, pain, affliction, confusion, chaos… these things happen in life. They are part of life.
This does not mean we cannot have and hold onto serenity. Peace. An assurance that I am okay, I have what I need, and a Higher Power will provide for me. I have loved ones. I have myself. I have hope.
I read a quote. I don’t know where it came from.
“You’ve seen better days, but you’ve also seen worse. You might not have everything you want, but you have everything you need. You woke up with some aches and pains, but you woke up. Your life may not be perfect, but you sure are blessed. Life is a beautiful thing.”
You woke up with aches and pains. Whether emotional or physical or both.
Isn’t that the point?
We woke up.
We’re given another chance.
Another day filled with options, opportunities, challenges to be overcome, pain to be felt and learned from, love to feel and spread, beauty to experience.
We have another chance to do it right.
We woke up.
I love the serenity prayer.
Speaking to our Higher Power, whatever or whoever we believe and however we believe, we ask:
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can
And wisdom to know the difference…
I cannot change and/or control people, places, things, situations.
I can change me. What I feel. What I do with what I feel. What I think. What I do with what I think. What steps I make to move forward with my own health and life. I can do this with dignity and respect to and for all, including myself always.
We all have that option. Though it might not always be an easy one. It is a good one to strive for. To practice. To decide it is important and worthy, as are we.