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…
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
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!