“Father, give us courage to change what must be altered, serenity to accept what cannot be helped, and the insight to know the one from the other.” – Reinhold Niebuhr
This is the first iteration of the Serenity prayer. It’s changed quite a bit over the years, but this version is my favorite.
Hope your all doing well!
Leo McGarry: How’d it go?
Josh Lyman: Did you wait around for me?
Leo McGarry: How’d it go?
Josh Lyman: He thinks I may have an eating disorder…
Leo McGarry: [bemused] Josh…
Josh Lyman: …and a fear of rectangles. That’s not weird, is it?
Josh Lyman: I didn’t cut my hand on a glass. I broke a window in my apartment.
Leo McGarry: This guy’s walking down a street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep, he can’t get out.
A doctor passes by, and the guy shouts up, “Hey you, can you help me out?”
The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
Then a priest comes along, and the guy shouts up “Father, I’m down in this hole, can you help me out?”
The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
Then a friend walks by. “Hey Joe, it’s me, can you help me out?”
And the friend jumps in the hole.
Our guy says, “Are you stupid? Now we’re both down here.”
The friend says, “Yeah, but I’ve been down here before, and I know the way out.”
– Aaron Sorkin “West Wing”
I don’t know the way out, but we can get out together with help from our friends. =)
When you finally go back to your old home, you find it wasn’t the old home you missed but your childhood.
Coming home to a changed environment is always hard, but much like going to your childhood home, its not the differences in the environment that you miss.
It’s the past that you long for, that sense of being “Home”.
You can’t change the past, but you can work for a better future with what is best from the past into the here and now.
Prayers for all of you.
“True happiness comes from being true men. We think and act like boys who don’t want their toys taken away. We look up to “role models” in the media who teach us to get as much gratification out of life as possible. We may claim to be spiritual, or even firm atheists, but pleasure is the god that we worship, whether we realize it or not. Unfortunately, women tend to be just another part of our hedonistic lifestyle. Please know this: True men won’t treat you like an irritating obstacle or a sexual convenience.
A real man understands that women are to be cherished and treated with care and honor. He sees marriage as the opportunity to be a real-life superhero—he leaves behind his old identity and becomes a new person, dedicated to serving his wife and children. Although he will struggle at first, a true man who marries eventually understands that he can’t fit through the narrow doorway to happiness if he tries to carry all of his toys with him. There is just enough room for him and his wife, arm in arm, committed to their marriage.
Women, you can help us become real men! Most importantly, we want to feel admired by you. Help us to know that you love us just as we are, even if there is room for improvement. Do this by giving us words of validation; praise us for the things we do well. This means more to us than we let on.
In return, we will make sure that you feel loved and cherished by us. We will learn to talk with you so you can be heard and understood, not so that we can tell you how to solve your problems. We’ll also try to learn to express how we feel without withdrawing or getting angry. With polished communication we can learn that what makes you happy makes us happy too! What a concept!”
– Matthew D. Della Porta
You don’t know, what you don’t know, until you know it. Life is always changing, and while not always for the best, its changing.
Change can be uncomfortable, but it is also an opportunity to learn.
Good night all – Prayers to you and yours and mine.