A Reflection

Bill Huffman M.Div., M.A., LPC

 Consider the wisdom in this short prayer, “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.”

Whether we are a person of faith or have no faith at all, this prayer penned by the famous American Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, provides us with the opportunity to take advantage of his life experience and to see that our struggle in life can be significantly reduced by incorporating the wisdom of this prayer. By letting go of our need to change things or people that can’t be changed, we eliminate many of our frustrations in life and we can start to view others with compassion and patience and accept the way things are in life. And, by changing what we can, we improve our lives and the lives of others. My father used to say,” A wise man learns from experience; however, a wiser one learns from the experience of others.” This is our opportunity to exercise that wisdom and improve our lives.