When I was a small child, I had a very active mind. Truth be told, I still do. My mind is constantly racing and has difficulty just being at rest and insomnia has been my frequent companion throughout the years. It took me long into my adulthood to learn how to quiet my mind and enjoy the beauty around me, and to learn to let go of the daily anxiety that surrounds us. Serenity is something that comes with practice, and it starts from within.
I remember being a child at my grandmother’s home. She had a wooden and brass plaque with a prayer on her dresser. One day, I asked her about it. She told me it was called the Serenity Prayer. It was short and sweet, and by evening’s end, my grandmother had helped me learn to recite the simple prayer.
Lord, please grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
But before I go any further, I want to assure you, this post is not about religion. We all have our own beliefs and I respect everyone’s own opinions on the subject. However, the simple prayer offers some sage advice. In order to establish true serenity within ourselves, we must learn what we can and cannot accomplish. If you have the power to make a difference–do it! If something is beyond your control–let it go for your own peace of mind. It is not always such an easy task, I know.
Remember: true happiness and serenity comes from within us.
As you go about your day, take a moment to pause. Reflect on the blessings in your life and be grateful for the moments and people that make you complete. When you stroll along in the evening’s twilight, take time to admire the beauty of the setting sun, or bask in the glow of a morning sunrise. Get lost in the radiant beauty of the colors painted against the wide expanse of sky and breathe in the quietness. Let it feed your soul so that your worries dissipate and only peace remains.
The concept that Serenity Comes From Within is a lesson that can take a lifetime to master, if one ever truly does, but happiness is a path that one must choose. It’s time for each of us to open the door and welcome new beginnings, new challenges, and to pursue our dreams. After all, life is short.
Thank you for joining me today. I hope this gentle reminder will encourage all of you to go out and appreciate the beauty of the day.