It’s Monday. No better time than this to talk about serenity. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines serene as “clear and free of storms or unpleasant change; shining bright and steady; calm and unruffled.” Do you know anyone who says, “Ah, Monday! Time to get down to some dark, upsetting experiences and big erratic mood swings. Woo-hoo!”?
There’s a reason the great theologian Reinhold Niebuhr’s famous “Serenity Prayer” is one of the most memorized and recited passages in the world. So let us join our AA brothers and sisters in praying it as often as needed (about every 5 minutes).
Here’s the full length version:
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.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
Wishing you a serene
Monday forever. ~Mitch