PVE2013 – The Search for Serenity is an Active Path

(from Meical AbAwen; posted by David Dashifen Kees)

Most people know the first four lines 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.”

While this to be appears to be acceptable to many, my pagan values do NOT align well with it; it’s just too passive.

 “God grant me…”

While there is wisdom in asking for help, and even more in knowing just when to ask for help, there’s also weakness in asking, but not doing.

And that’s exactly the problem I see with asking for someone else to give you something. It’s self-defeating; it does not teach you to do it on your own. If anything, you just learn to ask again; you become dependent upon the grantor.

There’s the rub. My pagan values lead me to act, not stand by; to risk doing the wrong thing, rather than not doing anything at all. But my values also guide me to humility, true humility – not that slavish sort in which I say that I am worth less than you – in which I admit that I can learn from those I do not agree with.

And so I have accepted the wisdom to be found in the Serenity Prayer by adapting it to my own values:

Hecate guide me towards acceptance of that which I cannot change.

Hecate guide me, yet I shall do the finding.

Cernunnos lead me to mine own courage to change that which I can.

Cernunnos lead me, yet I shall do the taking.

Diana shed light for me to see the difference, during the dark night of my soul.

Diana light the way, yet I shall do the seeing.

So mote it be!

The Serenity Prayer

Following is the Serenity Prayer in its totality. Many people think it just consists of the first four lines, but there is more. Many will say that as it is Christian, there is no value. I think not.

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.

Amen.

— Reinhold Niebuhr

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3 responses to “PVE2013 – The Search for Serenity is an Active Path

  1. Pingback: Posts to the Power of Four | The Pagan Values Blogject

  2. This is really a nice reworking. Pretty cool 🙂
    – Soror Harmony

  3. Meical abAwen

    Thanks!

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