I love The Serenity Prayer...love, love, love it more than George Clooney love it.
"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"
This simple prayer has held strong for me throughout many situations and never fails to bring a sense of peace to my heart and perspective to my mind.
Last Monday, I was dressed and ready for work and just felt "off". I drove myself to the doctor, who was kind enough to see me on his lunch hour, and after my exam was told I had developed a bacterial infection and was running a fever. He prescribed antibiotics and a week off work in order to rest and heal.
At first I was bombarded with thoughts about who would cover my shifts and how I was going to handle all the details. I worried about the holiday and not being able to do all I wanted to do. I fretted and fussed and even slipped into a case of why me syndrome. Then, thank heavens, I slipped into that glorious space of acceptance. It was like the baggage started to slip away, like it was melting and leaving me free of its sticky grasp.
It is what it is, and there is nothing I could do about it. I settled into the idea I needed to curl up in my nest and let time, medicine and God work their magic. Work survived without me, my husband stepped up to the plate and made us a lovely Thanksgiving meal and did all the shopping for it as well. I did ten minutes of gentle yoga each day until I felt better and it all worked out.
It's such a great reminder that it almost always all works out, so why not bathe in the acceptance pool instead of fighting the currents of worry? If I am honest about what can be changed and what can't, and have the courage and faith to do my part when there is something I CAN do about it than I can enjoy the state of acceptance for what it is...being present and grounded in reality while making the best of it.
There is an Eleanor Roosevelt quote I like that states:
"You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give."
Sometimes the best you have to give takes immediate and bold action, and sometimes it means snugging up under the covers...and, if you are quiet and listen to your heart, you will have the wisdom to know the difference.