Updated: May 4
The Serenity Prayer, most associated with those recovering from addictions, can serve all of us as well. It begins:
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
We seem to be programmed to listen to all the negative things going on in the world as well as in the lives of family and friends and we come away feeling completely overwhelmed. This is where the idea of serenity comes in to play. We need to make sure we build serenity breaks into our day.
This simply involves a time of quiet reflection allowing us to see all that is above and beyond current circumstances in our lives and in our world. And surprisingly, this only takes a few minutes of time. Quiet reflection can occur while we are taking a walk, washing dishes, listening to music or just sitting with eyes closed and our minds quiet.
It is in these serenity breaks that we can be shown the truth that is above and beyond current situations and circumstances. How many of us really take the time to think about God’s presence and activity in us and those we know? How often do we think about how powerful that presence is in our lives?
Taking a serenity break not only puts us in touch with spiritual truths for all people but can help renew our own faith, strength, and wisdom. By taking small breaks each day, we renew our commitment to serenely follow our own paths and live our lives in a positive, loving way in all we do regardless of how negatively the world bombards us.
So, start today by taking a few minutes of quiet reflection to know that you can change the things you want to change and accept the things you can’t change along with the wisdom and courage to know the difference. Serenity starts with you.
Rev Sharon Bianchi