“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……”
This is a prayer that I say MULTIPLE times a day. I learned it a little over nine years ago from some very wise friends who walked with me and helped to show me a radical new way of living.
Control is a BIG issue for me. When you live with an anxiety disorder, Life often becomes about what you can control. Ironically, working to control things usually ends up creating more anxiety. It becomes a vicious cycle.
When I say this prayer, it helps me to let go of outcomes. It reminds me that there is One much greater than myself who has put this entire universe in motion, and who is there to guide me, comfort me, and direct me along the way. It relieves me of the burden of self.
It snowed today. A lot. Part of me is like “Ugghhh!! SO ready for winter to be OVER!!” But then I say this prayer and I am reminded that just underneath the snow are bulbs getting ready to burst forth….in their own time. And that I don’t need to worry about it. The snow is for today- but all things must pass.
Today, I will try to enjoy the snow.