Serenity Prayer

Sister Roberta Moser, CSSF

We all have heard of the Serenity Prayer:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to accept the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

Here is an interesting adaptation:

God, grant me the serenity to accept people I cannot change, which is pretty much everybody, since I’m clearly not you, God, at least not the last time I checked.

And while you’re at it, God, please give me courage to change what I need to change about myself, which is frankly a lot, since, once again,  I’m not you, which means I’m not perfect.  It’s better for me to focus on changing myself than to worry about changing other people, who, as you’ll no doubt remember me saying, I just can’t change anyway.

Finally, give me the wisdom to just shut up whenever I think I’m clearly smarter than everyone else in the room, that no one knows what they’re talking about except me, or that I alone have all the answers.

Basically God, grant me the wisdom to remember that I’m not you.

AMEN.

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