My wife received a Christmas email from Manjusha, a social worker in a poor corner of India, a friend since Marianne was doing volunteer work with children there. Manjusha added, “The life is really uncertain – maintaining internal peace is the only aim.”
Her message struck a chord with both of us. In the past year I have found myself reciting the Serenity Prayer to myself:
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.
It works just as well if addressed to a higher power, or to common wisdom. In a dark time, it helps.
*-- Quote often attributed to Confucius, or Eleanor Roosevelt, traced to sermon by William L. Watkinson, USA, in 1907.
+- Serenity Prayer attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr. Full version.
Beer Michael M.
12/24/2017 01:44:35 pm
Merry Christmas, happy New Year and good health George!!! Warm regards, Michael
12/24/2017 06:01:42 pm
George, nice way to lead into a new and more hopeful new year.
12/24/2017 09:09:16 pm
12/26/2017 03:56:10 am
Happy Holidays, George et al. Our recent holiday of lights radiates a similar hope.
12/26/2017 06:29:09 pm
12/26/2017 08:16:17 pm
The only darkness is what is in our minds or spirits We are on this earth to do our part, and that is all about our deeds, not simply all our too easy opinions.
12/26/2017 09:08:36 pm
12/27/2017 07:46:06 pm
George, a break will be good for you. Your reply makes that obvious. To say we are in a collective cancer, famine or Hitler is out of bounds and nutty. Our world is in transition but pretty damn good given the history of this place during human existence.... Even with all the stupid politicalization of almost everything these days, the best is yet to come.
Mike from Whitestone
12/28/2017 10:40:21 pm
Greetings GV, enjoy the respite from this stuff.........and agreed on the yappers, You know my deal hovers around the serenity prayer and more, you posting it reinforces its value.
12/29/2017 10:05:52 am
Mike, you got it. You stared into the darkness....and light a candle day by day, particularly with the work with young people.
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“I don’t think people understand how Covid affects older Americans,” Mr. Caretti said with frustration. “In 2020, there was this all-in-this-together vibe, and it’s been annihilated. People just need to care about other people, man. That’s my soapbox.”
---Vic Caretti, 47, whose father recently died of Covid at 85.
---From an article by Paula Span, who covers old age for the NYT, which currently has 2646 comments, the majority criticizing the American public – and public officials – for acting as if the pandemic is “over.”
Classic wishful thinking, at a lethal level.