Friday, January 16, 2009

Three Errors

1. Trying to change what can never change.
2. Not trying to change what can be changed.
3. Not knowing the difference between 1 and 2.

Yes, this was inspired by Niebuhr's famous prayer. Can you name it?


nblaw said...

The Serenity Prayer:

"God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other."
--Reinhold Niebuhr

Unknown said...

the serenity prayer (recovery or 12-step prayer)

Tom Gilson said...

Sounds like the Serenity Prayer to me...

Lily of the Valley said...

Troy didn't tell me you had a blog. Heard about it in the pulpit at Bethany when one of your poems was read before prayer. Am praying for Becca and you.

PrinceOfFools said...

Here is the full version of the 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.
Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will;so that that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen
-Reinhold Niebuhr