I belong to a wonderful networking group, called Contacts N Coffee, which meets every Friday morning in Santa Barbara. Part of our meeting is to stand up, and, in 30 seconds, tell the group about what we do in our business.
Last Friday, when it was my turn, I shared this prayer with the group. I did it, because I realized a big part of what I do is to help my clients put this into practice.
Many times I work with people who are really suffering with anxiety or depression. Some are not open to anything religious or spiritual. If they are open, though, and if they seem to have a belief in a higher power — and if their faith has given them comfort at some point in their lives, I give them a copy of The Serenity Prayer.
They usually read it over quickly — and then start to fold it and put it in their pocket or purse. I ask them to please stop. I tell them that I hope they won’t just take it home, and stick it away in a drawer somewhere! I ask them to put it up where they can see it first thing in the morning — and the last thing at night — and to really think about how their lives might change if they could put that prayer into action.
If you are feeling stuck, and don’t know what to do to start moving forward in your life, think about this simple prayer. Are you overwhelmed and anxious? Really think about how different your life would be if you could accept the things that you can’t change. Then think about what it would be like it you could find the courage to change the things that you do have control over — like the choices you make. You can forge a new path, one small step after another.
As for the wisdom, that comes one prayer at a time!
Until next time,
* Photo credit: I honestly don’t remember whether my husband took this picture, or if I did, but I love the peacefulness of the scene!