Gary has said this so well I had to post it up for my folks to read too.
I especially, as a Mom of 4 adult children, needed a reminder on the serenity prayer.
I have very much noted in life some EXTREME wisdom coming from people who have had near death experiences or diagnosed with being terminal. Also those who are working hard at recovery in some form like restoring their reputation or getting away from something addictive. I think these people are so good at this because they are finely tuned into what matters and have GREAT focus. So,
Derive Great Inner Peace By Playing Your Cards Right.
I see the NEED for great inner peace from so many people with stress in their lives from work, financial, relationships, health, what others say about them, and past mistakes.
Besides your own spiritual journey with connecting there giving you peace I give two examples for much greater inner peace for you.
The first is from Professor Randy Pausch from Carnegie Mellon University who gave the great Last Lecture prior to dying later on of his terminal pancreatic cancer. Much wisdom tidbits in that lecture but as far as inner peace goes he was a believer in playing the cards you were dealt. However you get to a point in your life that is your hand. Your problems are YOUR OWN, not you spouses, or your parents or friends, YOURS. It is the ULTIMATE in life take responsibility for YOU! If you do this you can get an OFFICIAL GROWN UP certificate. It is SO TRUE, and you see this even with people in their 60's and 70's, we all can grow older but no guarantee other than ourselves doing it for ourselves, that we grow up!
Secondly, I have a coffee mug from a friend I used to go to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings with as their visiting guest. The Serenity Prayer inscribed on the mug is said at every meeting and I encourage you to memorize it to remind yourself of LETTING GO of things you determine are out of your control. The prayer:
"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,"
Being RESPONSIBLE and LETTING GO OF THE OUT OF CONTROL you will have so much more inner peace. It is not being irresponsible like with your head in the sand or lying and always being a control freak about things like traffic, or computer snags, or relationship problems in your life, the past that is the past, or terminal illnesses you cannot change that will drive you crazy in the end.
Make each day a new day going forward vowing to do those two things and you will not be distraught or bothered or confused or perturbed or embarassed or upset.
Instead, you will have .....
the great gift of BEING AT PEACE in your world!!