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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.
[attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr]
This prayer has comforted untold numbers of people facing adversity. It’s so popular that most people have no idea there is a more than one verse.
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
While Dylan wrote about death, I believe it was also about never giving up, even if you’re losing. Fighting until your last breath.
I’m diverted from a writing subject. Every now and then, my mind starts a thread and goes around and around in a loop. I see no place to jump off, no resolution. So, perhaps if I blog about it, I can close the loop…or not.
Serenity or Rage?
Do you accept or do you rage? People are different. Different views, different tolerances, different tipping points. Add in different levels of importance.
A college student is taking a lower level class he needs to pass to move to an upper level for his major. He is doing poorly. Does he accept that he can’t get a good grade and withdraw, thereby getting behind in his plan to graduate at a certain time? Or does he stay in class, plugging away, taking the chance that a poor grade will lower his GPA? Maybe he’ll look into tutoring, but that’s not a guarantee he do better. Serenity or Rage?
A marriage. Vows. Trouble. Stay. Go. Serenity. Rage.
How do you know?