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“Lord 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.”

September 2nd, 2007 · 38 Comments

“Lord 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 Serenity Prayer is the common name for an originally untitled prayer written by the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr in the 1930s or early 1940s.)

One day I went to visit my grandma.  She asked me how I was doing and I told her I am doing my best to stay strong.  She shared the above prayer with me. I am not very religious but this prayer really caught my attention.  After I left my grandma’s house I kept thinking about what she had said and I went home and “googled” it so that I could find out more about it. I am so thankful that she told me this because every time things get tough I think about what she told me. 

You do not have to be religious to allow this to help you.  Just think of it this way, there are some things that you cannot change.  Instead of stressing over the things that you can’t change you need to stop and think about it.  If you can’t change it then accept it and find a way to live with it.  If the thing that is causing you stress is something that you can change, stop wasting time and stressing…DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

This is how I applied my grandma’s help to my life.  Obviously I cannot remove Travis’s tumor.  Sitting around being sad and depressed because he has it will only make matters worse.   I have learned to accept the fact that he has a Schwannoma tumor.  It is just a fact of life.  (That is the part that I can’t change.) I do have control over how I let this tumor effect our life.  Rather than be negative I do my best to see the positive side of it all.  I cherish every moment that I have with Travis and everyone else close to me.  I try and live my life to the fullest and not get upset about little things. (This is the part of my life where I change things.)

I kind of feel like this was a rambling post but the prayer is something that helps me everyday day and something that I think is very simple and can help so many other people.

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