3.29.2009

Serenity Prayer Redux



I'll let ya in on a little secret...some of my best moments of clarity and introspect happen in the shower. May sound weird, but I think it's the lack of distractions. The other day, the second line of The Serenity Prayer written by Reinhold Niebuhr popped in my mind. Some categorize this as a prayer for rough times, but it applies to daily life in my opinion. Then I started thinking it wouldn't hurt to engage creative license by personalizing it to fit my thoughts and outlook on life (my additions are in brackets). I encourage you to consider doing the same with a work that inspires you.


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God grant me the serenity
to accept {and fully understand} the things {and people} I cannot change;
courage to change the {truly important} things I can;
and wisdom to know {and respect} the difference.

Living one day at a time {but not become complacent};
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting {and learning from} hardships as the pathway to {a heart of love and true} peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to {and believe in} His Will;
That I may be reasonably {wise, humble, loving,
forgiving and}
happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him {including the peace that surpasses all understanding}
Forever in the next.

Amen.


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15 comments:

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Yes, the shower is that place I can "Live one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time..."

Thanks for reminding me!

Ps: Everyone visiting my blog is just lovin' Naturally 7 and cuz of you, now I'm a fan of Chrisette Michele, too! I love the blogosphere and learning something new each day...

CurvyGurl ♥ said...

Hey Teri! That's great. I agree, I've learned a great deal during this journey. Have a fab Sunday and week ahead!

Young woman on a journey said...

this is one of my favorite prayers and i think your liberal license changes were quite fitting. i might have to say this everyday!

Moanerplicity said...

This is possibly one of the most necessary prayers ever written or uttered in our lifetime. It speaks to being human in all too human world. I'm starting a fast tmw, & methinks I best put this prayer to good use.

Also like your own lil additions to it. *smiles*

SJ!

One.

Lin

CurvyGurl ♥ said...

Great, Lin! I just had a convo about the revelations that only a fast can produce. All the best!

CareyCarey said...

I've heard that prayer in other places in other times. Its great to see that some actually listen to the words and try to live by them. Imo, prayers are best when the person actually believes they will come true.

CurvyGurl ♥ said...

Yep, Carey, ya gotta have the faith in place.

CareyCarey said...

Hello Ms. Curvy

I came back to tell you that I didn't have a bio on my blog before you joined as a follower. Please come back and take a look at my last post ...you'll see what I mean. Yeah, I've heard that prayer several times!

CaramelKisses said...

that is a great prayer..i needd thatone!

CurvyGurl ♥ said...

Hey Carey, I'll stop by shortly. Thanks for the heads up.

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Hey, Miss Jenna! Great! I need to stop by to find out how the Erro concert was :-)...who am I kidding? I know it was fabulous!

Scorned Woman said...

I think about so many things in the shower. I think it's something about the water "showering" down on you. This is one of my favorite prayers and your words only made it better.

MOMSWEB said...

It's got to be the running water. Showers, washing dishes, rivers, etc...it's powerful!

I enjoyed my visit to your blog and love the personalized serenity prayer! Bless you for blessing me!

CurvyGurl ♥ said...

Thanks for stopping by, Scorned Woman and Momsweb! I'm glad you enjoyed this :-).

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MOMSWEB said...

Okay, CurvyGurl. Time for a new post! Yep, I'm missing ya!