Affirmations

Affirmation #22 — Serenity prayer

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God, grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change,

the courage to change the things I can,

and the wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time,

One moment at a time;

Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;

Taking this sinful world as it is,

not as I would have it;

trusting that things will be okay.

 


 

(This poem/prayer comes from Christianity, but I think the main sentiments can be adapted for any religion or lack thereof. Personally, I don’t believe in God at the moment, so I cut out and changed parts of it to a version that I like. I kept the “God, ” part in the beginning because it felt weird to me to not address someone, but I’m thinking of it as more of “the universe.”)

I read this a lot in the time after my uncle and then grandmother died.

Positives

The beach

Warm sand that sinks with each step

Squinting in the sun

Smiling in the sun

Wind blowing my hair over my shoulders

Stray hairs across my face

Walking forward against the force of the wind

Sand gradually feels cooler, wetter, denser

A surprise wave laps my toes

Cool clear water

Step forward, cool up to my calves

Little butterfly shells

In purple and orange pastels

Disappear and reappear

As the wave ebbs and flows

White foam comes and disappears

Woosh in, wishh out

Stretching out

To the horizon

We’re here on the edge

Of an immense ocean

And I get to feel the water

And the wind

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