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.
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