Monday, August 3, 2009
The Serenity Prayer
The Serenity Prayer written by Reinhold Niebuhr is widely known because Alcoholics Anonymous and other similar twelve step programs use the prayer as a part of their program. Although, it was made popular by twelve step programs, it really works for just about any situations and circumstances in life. It’s actually a bit longer than what is posted below, but the part below is the most well known portion of The Serenity Prayer and the most meaningful to me.
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
It really fits in with being a birthmother, doesn’t it? To me, it’s basically saying that what is done is done. You can not go back and undo the past. You have to move forward and deal with what has already happened and realize that you do have the power and the ability to make changes in yourself and to make changes for the future.