December 20th: Serenity

December 20th-Serenity

Today I know that I am not willing to give up my serenity over trivial concerns.

There was a time when one unkind word, one misunderstanding, one inappropriate action could rob me of a day’s worth of serenity.

I would dwell over conversations that had ended in confusion, fret over situations that had taken a bad turn, or stew for hours on end over a perceived wrong done to me.

One day, a good friend was listening to me fuss about a specific situation that I was unhappy about and they said, “How will you feel about this a year from now? Will this have any bearing on your life? Your future? Is it that important?”

The truth?

It wasn’t.

What I was going on about would be forgotten in a matter of days.

Why waste one moment of my precious serenity on something that is not important in the long run?

I must let go and make serenity my first priority.

I must keep my head in the joys of the day and not waste precious moments on what I cannot control.

“Dear 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.”

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