Everyday wisdom

I had a post earlier this year that was actually my very first (and ONLY) vlog, where I talked about 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.

This is a very good prayer to live by, no matter what your faith. However…

Necessary wisdom

I came across another saying though that is similar, and it really hit home with me as I try to live a more balanced life.

Wisdom is seen in knowing what to overlook,

what to deal with, and

how to know the difference.

So many times, in our crazy busy lives, we are running around trying to do EVERYTHING, when in reality we probably need to take a step back and exercise some wisdom.

What to overlook

  • The fact that your neighbors have a new car (so what?)
  • Your husband doesn’t clean the kitchen as “good as” you do
  • That your daughter is wearing her Dorothy ruby red slippers as you go out the door to run errands
  • Your 10 year old son’s attempt at “fixing” his hair
  • The request for parent’s to manage the fundraiser for the PTA

ruby red slippers

What to deal with

  • The son who is continually coming in past his curfew
  • The spouse who seems distant
  • That troublesome mole that is always bothering you
  • The check engine light on the van
  • A daughter who seems to being having trouble making friends at school

Knowing the difference

It comes down to knowing what is important to you. What is worth the rise in anxiety? Surely not the Dorothy slippers!

Learn to overlook the stuff that really doesn’t matter in the scheme of things.

It is the things of lasting value: our health, our safety and most importantly, our relationships that matter.

May you be wise enough to know and accept the difference!

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7 comments to Everyday wisdom

  • Very true,it does take wisdom to know what the small stuff is, so that we don’t sweat it.
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  • Syd

    What a wonderful post. Thank you.

    I remember that my daughter (now 17) coveted Dorothy slippers when she was little. It’s funny how one little thing can bring back a whole flood of memories.

  • This post is very inspiring. I also find myself trying to do everything and tiring myself at the end of it, thinking, was it all really necessary to get myself worked up over some of those things? We really do need to take some time to contemplate what really matters in life and knowing the difference between what’s important and not.
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  • Hi Bernice.
    thanks for sharing this. I found it really inspiring! Nice post!
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  • Good points, Bernice!
    I always enjoyed the serenity prayer, and always think of it whenever I find something upsetting me. The truth is what you said for yourself-we should focus on what is important for us. Loosing our nerves on something such as Dorothy slippers is sure not worth our nervous effort. In fact, almost nothing is.:)
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  • Whoa! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a totally different topic but it has pretty much the same layout and design.

    Superb choice of colors!
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