Friday, March 4, 2011


The Serenity Prayer

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.

Written by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, most people are familiar with this first stanza. However, Niebuhr’s prayer also included these concepts:
  • Living one day at a time
  • Enjoying one moment at a time
  • Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace
Often we become anxious about things we cannot change: the economy, the weather, our commute to work. Recognizing the difference between what we can and cannot change can help us live more peaceful and productive lives. Patience and perseverance leads to success in our endeavors.

The Serenity Prayer has special meaning to those who are often looking for peace during times of turmoil, despair, or uncertainty in their lives. Closely associated with Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs, the Serenity Prayer offers strength and calm into those seeking a more stable life.

"Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control." ~ James Allen

Have a joyful day everyone. And remember to live a flourishing life.

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*Excerpt from Live A Flourishing Life

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