Sunday, 8 September 2013

Keeping the faith

I found this wooden sign earlier today.  It was in a box still only half-unpacked from our house move, even though next month we'll have been in this house for 2 years. I know, I'm embarrassed that we're still unpacking stuff but ho hum.

In case you're not familiar with it, it's called the Serenity prayer.

It used to be a permanent fixture in the old kitchen and was on the wall for donkey's years before someone pointed out it was the adopted prayer of Alcoholics Anonymous. I'm not an alcoholic but I like to help out when they're busy (baddum tish!)

Even if you don't believe in God I imagine it would still resonate with most people.

I love its simplicity, but those simple words are deceptive because "to accept the things I cannot change, and courage to change the things I can" is incredibly difficult to do.

I'd forgotten about it, buried away in a packing box, but I've reinstalled it in a prominent place, on the wall right next to my desk. I want to be able to see it everyday and think about the changes that are long overdue, and the decisions I need to make. There's a lot to do.

Do you have any words of wisdom that mean a lot to you?