“God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.”
When I first read the Serenity Prayer, the word serenity itself seemed like an impossibility. At the time, the word conjured up images of lethargy, apathy, resignation, or grim-faced endurance. That is hardly a desirable goal, but I’ve since found that serenity means none of those things.
Serenity for me today is simply a clear-eyed and realistic way of seeing the world, accompanied by inner peace and strength. My favorite definition of serenity is that it like a gyroscope that lets us keep our balance no matter what turbulence swirls around us. That a state of mind worth striving towards.
In the Prayer, notice that “serenity” comes first, ahead of “courage” and “wisdom” . I believe that “serenity” must also come first in my life. I must have acceptance of the flow of life as it’s presented to me if I am to achieve peace and serenity.
Today I will try to remember that serenity comes first.