i remember seeing this prayer for the first time on my grade 5 classroom walls.  it was plastered there — quietly observing my classes for one full year.  at that time, it did not really mean much to me.  i was not even aware that it was a prayer because it didn’t contain the words “god” or “amen.”  i thought it was just some saying.

years and years later, this “saying” found me again and i found myself reciting it.  and for the very first time, i understood and truly appreciated its words.

i’m not a very religious / prayerful person.  heck, i’m not even catholic!  heck, i do not even have an official religion!! but this prayer, which can be uttered in a single breath, means so much more to me now.

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.

(the wisdom to know the difference)

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