Most of us are familiar with the Serenity Prayer. It’s moving and inspiring.
“God grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
I was reading it online and noticed some variations. Different words were emphasized. Look at the interpretations below:
Which words resonate with you?
No matter which words resonate, it dawned me that there may be some missing key words for me and some of you.
Controlling – Letting Go – Trusting
To me the Serenity Prayer is about letting go of control and trusting to something bigger than ourselves.
When you read the Serenity Prayer, instead of it soothing you in a “I wish it could be” sort of way, think about how you can really bring it into your life and what you might consider differently. How can you live this wisdom?
One very practical way is to think in terms of what you are holding on to in order to feel in control and what is controlling you.
From the abstract bring it into the specific.
From the ideal make it work for you here and now.
What aspects of my life are controlling me right now?
What don’t I control but have been trying to?
What do I need to let go off?
What could I control that I have not?
Where can I trust where I have been holding back?
Just like the Serenity Prayer, when we see a new perspective it opens up choices.
Why not take a moment and consider what could you let go of or take action on to find serenity in your Middle Ground?