Many people associate the word ‘serenity’ with Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer, and take great comfort in it. Associated with twelve-step programs worldwide, it has helped millions of people to ask a higher power to grant them “the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
I believe…that the time has come for us to stop associating serenity with things that cannot be changed. For we can dramatically change the quality of our lives when we consciously seek to restore serenity to our daily endeavors.”
Do You Agree?
Consider multitasking for a moment. Is it truly more productive? Has more really been accomplished at the end of the day? In a perfect world, tasks would arrive one after another and interruptions would be minimal. Homes and offices would be quiet, family members and coworkers would have stellar manners, and all human beings would be well-rested, fit, healthy and stress-free. The prayer and the conversation are both great starting points. What do we accept and what do we change?
Moms Me Time T.O.
I am at an impromptu conference this weekend with a fantastic group of accepting women who have made positive changes in their own lives, in their own time. They are generous in sharing their time, experiences and their knowledge here, in person, and through social media.
Julie spoke about the way we can become ‘stuck’ in our lives, as though we are wearing cloaks of identity, or have boxed ourselves in. She helps others identify their fears and the impact fear has in their lives.
Meghan shared the realities of parenting children with special needs, the tools and strategies that help her manage. It’s Friday evening, and I can’t wait to find out what is in store for tomorrow.
Here is what some of the other women had to say about the weekend:
What About You?
Are you trying to make changes in your own life? Julie led us through an exercise today to help us all see the bigger picture of our own ‘personal projects’.
For me, my biggest struggle for years has been shutting myself down at night. I’m always of the mindset that I’ll go to bed earlier, but I just have to do one more thing, then I run into one more thing, and another…and so on…and so on… The bigger picture impact is that I am chronically sleep deprived, miss hearing my alarms (or don’t remember shutting them off), mess up my medication on the weekends when I sleep through the mornings to catch up from the week, and the cycle repeats itself. And I know I am the only one who can change it.
I’ve quoted Oprah on this before. Life speaks to us in whispers…
What is it whispering to you?
12:37 am. I bet you can guess what I’m hearing.
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