“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.”
For eons of time, Mankind has tried to control his own destiny, to manipulate the forces of nature, the material world, and life in general, for his own benefit. But because these things are beyond Man’s control, the level of frustration, in the heart and minds of many, is sometimes almost overwhelming.
The Serenity Prayer, above, is well known for its connection to the organization Alcoholics Anonymous which uses it as part of its program. It is certainly an apropos prayer for the group which has helped many many women and men be released from the clutches of alcoholism.
Alcoholism and drug addiction are rampant in today’s world, probably more than any other time in history. We must ask ourselves, why is this? Why are so many seeking an escape from so-called ‘reality’?
If we look around, the answer should be fairly obvious. The world is in great stress. All aspects of life—whether occupants, economics, environment, weather patterns or geological stability—are under great pressure. Just look back over the last couple of months and we see typhoons, hurricanes, tornadoes and horrific snow storms have struck all over the world and done massive damage. Global economies are in fragile states. The environment is so contaminated, it may take generations to clean it up. In other words, stress is everywhere and being felt by everything and everyone, from the most powerful leaders to the least influential.
We are all in stress mode. The animals we abuse and mistreat are stressed. Our plants and food aren’t even real anymore. Our world is insane. And so many are seeking a way out that dulls the concerns, pain and emotions. Drugs and alcohol are encouraged by peer groups, doctors, and the media, thru constant advertising, and so many people simply reach for them.
Serenity without artificial assistance is something most only dream of. But serenity can be acquired by all, if they want it. However, it requires trusting in a higher power and understanding that ‘what will be, will be’.
Life is tenuous and fragile. No matter how hard one tries, control of life does not seem to be within the realm of the average human. If that were possible, then all of Mankind would be as powerful as God. Understanding that someone else is in control, is important to our very survival. And knowing that God loves His Created beings and has a real soft spot for those who love Him back, should be very reassuring.
When one is lost in the material world, it sometimes is very difficult to remember that the Supreme Controller is very accessible and right there beside every individual as they go through the learning forum called Earth. No matter what the physical outcome, the soul will survive, and if one is in touch with God on a daily basis, they have an even greater chance of having their life turn out better than most.
But just talking to God or praying, isn’t the answer. You must have faith and believe that all will be well. It’s probably the hardest thing to do, to trust that God loves you and will help you through whatever you are facing.
So seeking Serenity is really about keeping perspective. It’s the question, why bother worrying if it’s out of your control? There’s really nothing you can do except believe. If you program into your world daily positive affirmations and you refuse to be jostled, you can reach the level of serenity that many others have attained. You can actually be at peace. You will have to step back from much of society, release the worries and frustrations, turn away from darkness and doubt, and embrace the light.
And it may take awhile. But slowly, peace and calm will invade your world, and serenity will become the norm in your life.