Do you know the Serenity prayer? Even if you don’t know it by name, you’ve likely heard it. It goes:
“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.”
Originally written as part of a sermon in the 1930s by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, the Serenity prayer has been adopted by a number of twelve-step programs, most notably Alcoholics Anonymous. Regardless of whether or not you are religious or part of a twelve-step program, the core of the Serenity prayer – change and acceptance – are ideas that virtually everyone struggles with at one point or another. I know I do.
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