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)