middle ground

* Are there Missing Words from the Serenity Prayer ?

The serenity prayer continues to be an inspiration to many of us. Today, I had a conversation about being okay with ambiguity, and this post came to mind. I hope it inspires all of you dealing with uncertainty in the highs and lows of life💛

Find Your Middle Ground

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.

These are:

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…

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About Val Boyko

Val Boyko is originally from Scotland and came to the United States over 25 years ago. At "Find Your Middle Ground" Val brings together her experience as a life coach, yoga teacher and mentor, to inspire awakening to the light and inspiration within us all. This blog is a place of exploration and discovery as we all explore finding harmony and peace, in the highs and lows of life 💛

9 comments on “* Are there Missing Words from the Serenity Prayer ?

  1. Thank you for sharing this again dear Val.. I left my longer comment on your original posting
    Love and Blessings xx Sue

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  2. Love your close. Truth.

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  3. I did see it differently Val. Acceptance is one of the most difficult choices I have had to make, followed by courage to learn and change my thoughts around it. I actually think after we do this, wisdom is gained. Happy Friday!! 😇

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  4. The wisdom to know the difference is where I give up control of anything other than my self. That’s a big enough job.


  5. I have come to understand Val that I can only begin to let go of what I am conscious of. As long as I am unconscious of whatever it is I need to let go off, it controls me. I remember so well that the biggest shift I made in my life was when I made the wonderful discovery that I am actually not my thoughts and that I can actually put myself in a place where I can observe them and deal with them. That’s when Letting go became a practical reality for me. Great post.

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    • Thank you for such a helpful comment Don! We can’t change anything we aren’t aware of. This is where ignorance brings limitation. With awareness comes strength, as you stated in a recent post.
      Observing my thoughts was a huge shift for me as well. Realizing that they were not the truth, was the final letting go.
      Thank you for sharing here 💛

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