Pearl of Wisdom #42: “Sometimes things are out of our control.” Peter W.

February 27, 2015

Lesson Learned: Truth be told, this Pearl of Wisdom doesn’t come from a senior, but it is one of those lessons that could very well have been said by an older person, who sees life through pragmatic and realistic lenses. Shortly after reading Peter’s comment in an email, another colleague quipped about a “blessing in disguise”. I was beginning to see a common theme that brought balance and perspective to the forefront.

Who can be blamed for wanting to get it right for the benefit of family, friends, clients and one’s self in this results driven world in which we live? Perhaps we need to reevaluate our priorities, focus on what truly matters and let go of what is trivial, insignificant and negative. There may be therapeutic value in “going with the flow” and “not sweating the small stuff”!

When things get muddled and confusing, I find Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer comforting:

“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.”

So here’s to a new clutter-free day, filled with grace, opportunity and contentment. Onward…

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