Motivational Monday: Finding Serenity

Home Stager

This week's Motivational Monday post reminds us we can't possibly change everything, but we always have the power to change one thing - and that something is....

"If you don't like something, change it.

If you can't change it, change your attitude.

~Maya Angelou 


This quote brings to mind the Serentiy Prayer....

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Happy Monday.  I hope you find serenity today!



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Karen Bernetti is a Real Estate Stager, Former Realtor®, Author, Speaker, and Owner of Staging4Smooth Transitions - specializing in assisting seniors with their downsize moves and offering Home2Home Transitions seminars. Karen is also the Social Media Manager and Administrative Coordinator for Prudential CT Realty, in Madison, CT and Co-creator of the Ready2Sellin30Days System - an interactive multi-media program teaching do-it-yourself homeowners EVERYHTING they need to know about preparing a home for sale. Stay up to date on the latest staging and home decor trends by visiting Karen & Ann's Home Sale Success Blog.  


Comments (13)

Carla Harbert - Avon, OH
RE/MAX Omega: Lorain-Medina County Area

Well change came to me whether I liked it or not. Cost cutting of expenses had me give up my private office space to now work out of my home, it was hard, tears came and went - but this is not the end of the road. And if I read your motivational message - my attitude should be how this change will benefit me in more ways than one. I have cut my expenses and driving times down, all my files are in one location, plus it is quieter here to work, can even save lunch expenses by eating here. Attitude is everything - although I had a beautiful private office there. I will miss it.

Apr 25, 2011 02:36 AM
Mike Cathell
Real Estate Services of SWFL, LLC - Fort Myers, FL
Real Estate Investing for Real People

Thanks Karen, 

Great thoughts to start this week!


Apr 25, 2011 02:37 AM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Very inspiring quotes today Karen!

Reminds me that it takes Courage to change myself, and Acceptance of others will bring peace.

Enjoy this day.

Apr 25, 2011 02:41 AM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Karen - I am always truly amazed at the wonderful things that Maya Angelou gives us to think about. She had such a tough childhood, and has managed to create a beautiful life in spite of that. Thanks for sharing this with us today.

Apr 25, 2011 02:53 AM
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Karen - I've been a fan of Maya Angelou ever since I read her book, I Know Why Caged Birds Sing many years ago.  Thanks for quoting her inspiring words.

Apr 25, 2011 03:24 AM
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Karen, I find both versions inspiring, thanks for reminding me...

Apr 25, 2011 11:36 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Karen more people need to have the attitude expressed in that quote.  To many people just sit around complaining instead of taking action against what they are unhappy about.  No one is going to do it for us if we are not willing to first do it for ourselves.

Apr 25, 2011 12:01 PM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Karen, both are very inspiring. I feel your pain about the office, letting go of things like that are often so hard, but you did it. I admire you greatly for taking that step.

The wisdom to know the difference, now there is the hardest part of the whole thing! And you had the wisdom.

Apr 25, 2011 01:23 PM
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Karen some strong Monday messages...and after all the chocolate and overeating we do need some change to get us back to controlling our actions!

Apr 25, 2011 01:25 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Karen- the Serenity Prayer is one of my favorites and if we learn to follow it would remove so much of the stress in our lives.

Apr 25, 2011 02:17 PM
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Karen ~  Wonderful thoughts to begin the week after Easter.  Stress is such a huge factor in our industry and I can think of no better way to keep things in perspective that to utter the Serenity Prayer; thank you.

Apr 25, 2011 02:29 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Great quote Karen.  You're right, we can (and should) control it.

Apr 25, 2011 03:27 PM
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

I really like that quote, Karen.  If you can't change it, change your attitude. 

Apr 25, 2011 04:57 PM