Living a Meaning Life ~ The Serenity Prayer

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as he did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that he will make all things right
if I surrender to his will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with him
forever in the next.

—Serenity Prayer

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Today’s Quote by Mark Strand

The future is always beginning now.

Mark Strand

Today’s Quote by Thoreau on the Present Moment

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”
—Henry David Thoreau

Today’s Quote by Willie Nelson

Today’s Quote by Willie Nelson on the present moment

I take it not only a day at a time, but a moment at a time, and keep it at that pace. If you can be happy right now, then you’ll always be happy, because it’s always in the now

Willie Nelson

One Instant – A Poem by Wu Men

One Instant

by Wu Men

One Instant is eternity;

eternity is the now.

When you see through this one instant,

you see through the one who sees.

Who Can Make The Muddy Waters Clear – by Lao Tzu

Who Can Make the Muddy Waters Clear

by Lao Tzu

The skilful masters (of the Tao) in old times, with a subtle
and exquisite penetration, comprehended its mysteries, and were deep
(also) so as to elude men’s knowledge. As they were thus beyond men’s
knowledge, I will make an effort to describe of what sort they
appeared to be.

Shrinking looked they like those who wade through a stream in
winter; irresolute like those who are afraid of all around them; grave
like a guest (in awe of his host); evanescent like ice that is melting
away; unpretentious like wood that has not been fashioned into
anything; vacant like a valley, and dull like muddy water.

Who can (make) the muddy water (clear)? Let it be still, and it
will gradually become clear. Who can secure the condition of rest?
Let movement go on, and the condition of rest will gradually arise.

They who preserve this method of the Tao do not wish to be full (of
themselves). It is through their not being full of themselves that
they can afford to seem worn and not appear new and complete.

Today’s Quote by Archibald MacLeish

Today’s Quote

There is no dusk to be, There is no dawn that was, Only there’s now, and now, And the wind in the grass. – Archibald MacLeish