I imagine most people are familiar with at least this part of 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.
I’ve been thinking about this lately as it pertains to living in the current economic, political, and cultural climate. There are a whole lot of things I cannot change. I’m not even going to recite them all because it is just too overwhelmingly depressing if you think about it too often and too long.
Today I chose to change the things I could. I’m taking a break from news and websites/blogs that focus on the news. I deleted a whole slew of articles I was going to put in future link-o-ramas. I changed my start-up tabs in Firefox, removing several sites that I’m going to ignore for a while.
Face it. Things are bad and are going to get worse before they get better. I can’t do anything about it at this point so why keep reading about it? I no longer think I have to convince people that hard times are coming like I did a few years ago. And chances are this is going to drag on for years before we see any significant improvement.
So I’m just kinda walking away from all of it for a bit. If something major happens, someone send me an email and let me know, OK?
In the meantime I’ll be concentrating on the things I can impact. Things like organizing my crafts, making banana bread, and being a good wife and mother. Doing good work for my clients, sweeping floors, and reading to Caroline. Hanging out with my husband, reading good books, and praying.
Choosing each day to walk in wisdom and peace.