O God, give us the serenity to accept what cannot be changed,
The courage to change what can be changed,
and the wisdom to know the one from the other.
Although slightly different from the common version, most of us may recognize the above verse as the prayer adopted by AA and other twelve-step programs. As per Wiki – The Serenity Prayer is the common name for a prayer authored by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971).
While I am grateful for AA and how it has impacted those I care for, when Walter reminded me of it this evening – I had to stop and think…
I should be reciting this about everything every single day!
Then I found the following on Wiki – a longer version which I had not heard before:
God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Was getting ready to leave the home this afternoon – to allow the buyer a few hours to conduct their home inspection. During preparation I needed to grab a bin from the basement crawl space. When I went down I found water coming in! The home inspector and buyer were due to arrive in 2 hours. The only time this spot had ever leaked was shortly after having moved in – 13 years ago – and the down spout had disconnected – so no longer draining water away from the house. I repaired it and then later we updated the eves-troughs and downspouts – not experiencing any further water infiltration. That is…until today!
I immediately ran outside – to find the down spout covered in snow, the snow on the roof melting rapidly into the drain – but no where for it to go. I dug down to find the end of the extension which takes it away from the house to be buried under 2″ of ice. I applied salt and Walter dug a trench. No further water came in the house.
I cannot change that this happened. I accepted. I had courage and the reflexes to do what I could to address the challenge. The wisdom to know the difference came into play when we chose to call the agent and inform the buyers team what had transpired before they arrived. We were upfront and honest. What the buyer chooses to do with this information remains to be advised. If this day could be considered a hardship, I accept it as a pathway to peace. I can sleep this evening knowing we did what was right. I leave the rest in God’s (very capable) hands!