Jul 16, 2013

Serenity, Courage and Wisdom

God, give me 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

There has been a puzzle for a long time. When expecting responses from others, I feel uneasy or even get vulnerable as I check inbox more. In contrast, I rarely become anxious when faced with individual challenges. What's going on here?

Today, it was so annoying that I decided to spend some time on the issue, and fortunately Reinhold Niebuhr’s quote came back to mind. Without caution, I check the entrance, email, or naturally think about what I’m waiting for, and then exacerbate the situation. This is the point. I do them with the intention of solving the unease. But, as a matter of fact, a glance at the door obviously doesn’t bring people I want to see; rather, the glance confirms or perhaps creates my anxiety. It sounds like deceiving myself due to the lack of serenity and patience. Apparently, I’m okay for having a bit of courage to enjoy challenges. So, in the end, it turns out quite simple. All that matters is an effort to distinguish things within my reach from those which belong to others.