I think it’s safe to say that many of us are experiencing sleepless nights these days. We wake up in the middle of the night, and can’t shut our mind down. Continuing in the spirit of the obvious, I want to return to something that has been amazingly helpful many times in my life: the Serenity Prayer.
(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.
I learned this simple prayer many, many years ago when I joined a 12-step program to get clean. It helped me to go to sleep at night, when the chatterbrain (the mental memory monsters would have a party inside my head). It just worked.
It helped me through the year when I lost my brother, father and grandfather within three months.
It helped me through countless times when I just get the midnight worries and the irrational fears.
It has helped me through times where fear is rational – can you say 2020?
Sometimes I haven’t felt like calling it a prayer or addressing it to God, so I just start at “grant me”, or change to another name, which is why I put God in parenthesis above.
To me, this prayer is not religious. It’s a plea. It’s a mantra. It’s a chant. It’s a lullaby for my chatterbrain.
Mostly, it’s a clarification for my frantic mind:
- There are some things I just cannot change, and I need to learn to accept them if I hope to have peace.
- There are some things that I can change, but I need courage to take them on.
- Most of all, I need to know that both of these things are true. I need to tap into my inner wisdom to be able to know the difference.
- And if there is someone or something out there who can help me, I sure would appreciate a hand.
In the meantime, remember these things: You are loved. We are all loved. Let’s all be kind. And in all things – progress, not perfection!
Love and light,
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