Most people are familiar with “The Serenity Prayer”. This prayer was actually written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971). The long version is seldom spoken of and it is much more what you would expect from a truly religious prayer. You can learn more about that if it interests you here.
The version most know, the one on necklaces, coffee cups and used in many 12 step programs is very simple and yet very profound, even for those like myself or are non religious people, is simply states…
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.
Like I said this prayer is incredibly well known and even practiced by some atheists who simply remove any higher power from the concept and consider the substance of…
Accept what you can’t change,
and change what you can.
This is the concept that led to Steven Covey’s famous circle of influence vs. your circle of concern. I was thinking about all this recently and I realized in many instances these two pieces of wisdom often fail to work as a team, because people simply tend to focus on the first, and therefore expect the second to happen.
Such as if you simply stop worrying about or focusing on that which you can’t change, you will only be left with what you can influence, so you will have an impact on those things. The thing is, that actually does work to a degree and that can be bad. Why? It can lead to not doing enough to better your lot in life.
I think the flaw for most people that consider the wisdom and apply it to a degree of simply, accept what you can’t change, and change what you can, is they fail to do enough to even identify “that which can be changed”.
Join Me Today to Discuss…
- What is “lifestyle design” and why it isn’t boring or tedious
- What the only alternative to lifestyle design is, and why it is terrifying
- Influence vs. control and the flaw of not separating the two
- The wisdom of accepting that which you can’t change
- The dangers of not identifying that which you can change
- Seven areas to identify that which can be changed
- Your approach to other people (social health)
- Your approach to recreation and fun (emotional health)
- Your approach to employment or business (productive health)
- Your approach to knowledge and skill (educational health)
- Your approach to giving back and charity (contributory health)
- Your approach to meditation/contemplation/prayer (mental health)
- Your approach to exercise/diet/activity (phyical health)
- Your approach to wealth/investing/savings/debt (financial health)
- The key is knowing
- What you can vs. can’t change
- What you should change
- How you should change it
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- The Granddaddy’s Gun Club
- Bullhead Fishing Forum – A new little site I started
- Biltong for Breakfast
- Another One Bites the Dust – Queen
- Good Times – Chic
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