The serenity prayer is an inspirational quote for many organizations and people in crisis. I would much prefer my quote to be “God” grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it’s me. I am changing all the time and it was inevitable and a reoccurring event even before being thrown into the sea of grief. My ever changing life and changing view on things is what keeps me going. It is attached to hope, the hope that things will get better. So, as things change, why do we resist? Isn’t change what we hope for and strive for everyday in some unspoken and unrealized way?
Change knocked at my door and I let it in.
I have changed my outlook on death, on mental illness, on hope and family. My priorities and goals have changed. My lifes work has changed. My face has changed and my heart has changed. I am a changed woman all around.
Today I will embrace changes in my life, positive and negative. I will learn from them and find ways to use the lessons brought to me in ways to further change and keep hoping. Change is amazing and great. My changes have come from trauma and from loss, but the lessons learned and the positive changes I can make in myself will further my growth. I WILL become a better person and I WILL survive.
~Leslie Beery, The Surviving Project
Painting is titled “The Unveiling” by Francisco Franco