05-Oct-2014 Thought For The Day

keep-calm-and-say-the-serenity-prayerAttributed to Reinhold Niebuhr, the best-known form of the Serenity Prayer is:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The Courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.

The words have been adopted by many addiction and rehabilitation groups (Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, etc).

 

Another variant is:

God give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
And the wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

A similar philosophy can be found in a Mother Goose rhyme:

For every ailment under the sun
There is a remedy, or there is none;
If there be one, try to find it;
If there be none, never mind it.

All through the ages, similar sentiment has been expressed by scholars, philosophers, teachers, writers, et al (thank you, Wikipedia). So there may just be something in it…

Let’s all give it a try.

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