Most of us are familiar with the “Serenity Prayer”. It’s most famous use is as the prayer of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can’t change,
the courage to change the things I can change,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
I include this prayer every day in my Divine Office. For some reason it occurred to me this morning just how difficult it is to live this out. I spend a fair amount of my time trying to change things that just can’t be changed. I often lack the wisdom to know the difference between what I can change and what I can’t. This lack of wisdom makes it hard to achieve the serenity that we all desire. What I see as courage is actually a lack of wisdom on my part.
Persistance is a positive trait but persisting in pursuing the impossible is something else altogether. It leads to frustration, anger, and a feeling of failure.
They say you should be careful what you pray for. In my case, I have to seek wisdom first, then the courage to change the things I can change.