'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'. – 18th October 2011

'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'. – 18th October 2011

‘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’.

Reinhold Niebuhr.

One Sentence and Six Words to Live a Great Life.

1.God/Spirit’: n. ‘the vital principle or animating force within living things’.

Many of the great writers and thinkers speak of the existence of a ‘Higher Power’ or ‘Senior Partner’. Whatever name you choose to refer to it by there is incontrovertible evidence that we are spiritual beings living in a physical body. Do yourself a massive favour today and enlist the services of your ‘Senior Partner’. This is another metaphor for appealing to the deep wisdom of your subconscious mind. Include your ‘Senior Partner’ on your internal Board of Directors. Trust it to give you serenity, courage and wisdom with every decision or challenge you face in life. The next time you’re overwhelmed and lost turn your dilemma over to your ‘Senior Partner’ and listen.

2.   ‘Serenity’: n. 1. ‘a disposition free from stress or emotion. 2. ‘a state of being calm, tranquil and peaceful’. 3. ‘possessing presence of mind’.

‘Serenity’ should be our ultimate aim. Repeat those wonderful words – serenity, tranquility, calmness, peace – over and over in your mind. Embed them deeply into your subconscious. When you feel challenged by the vicissitudes of life think of these magic elixirs. Whenever you make a decision ensure that you do so from a position of ‘serenity’. Whenever you’re worried or concerned about a situation, an event or a loved one shower them with the presence of those serene words.

3.  ‘Accept’. n. ‘to receive willingly’

What wisdom!  Imagine if you were to ‘receive willingly’ everything life throws at you. Try it for one day. This means accepting things as they are not as you want them to be. Deepak Chopra puts it brilliantly when he says ‘Accept the present but intend the future’. This entails accepting everything unconditionally from your body to your job to your mother to the sale you just lost and went to your competitor. In addition accept those things you cannot change. Go on. Make a list of those things you’ve been trying to change for years.

4.   ‘Courage’ n. ‘the state or quality of mind or spirit that enables you to face danger or fear’. The word courage derives from the Latin ‘coeur’ which means heart.

Think Peter Stringer. Although a foot smaller than most of his contemporaries his heart was immeasurably bigger. Every day have the courage to do at least one thing that scares the living daylights out of you. Courage is not being unafraid. It is being scared but following through irrespective. Feel the fear and do it anyway.

5.   ‘Wisdom’. n. ‘the ability to discern or judge what is true, right or lasting. Common sense; good judgement’.

Confucius leave’s me in the halfpenny place when it comes to wisdom. He once said that ‘By three methods we learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is bitterest’.  Wise man, Confucius.

6.  ‘Difference’.

Just five comments on making a difference. One, I believe what Florence Robinson said all those years ago is as true now as it was then – ‘People don’t understand that not only can they make a difference, it’s their responsibility to do so’. Secondly, Jim Rohn summarised just about every time management principle ever written when he said ‘there are only ever about half a dozen things

that make 80% of the difference in any area of your life’. Thirdly, what difference did you make last week? Fourthly, what difference will you make this week? Fifthly, what difference will you make in the next five minutes?

Please email me some of the differences you made at p@omaille.ie

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