Today I am the Chief Mourner at my Father’s Funeral.
Close thine eyes, and rest secure
Thy soul is safe enough; thy body sure;
He that loves thee; He that keeps
And guards thee, never slumbers, never sleeps
The smiling Conscience in a sleeping breast
Has only peace, has only rest.
Poet, 1592 -1644
The only thing you can change is yourself.
The Serenity Prayer
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change
The courage to change the things I can
And, the wisdom to know the difference
(Add a Deity or Higher Power of your choice at the beginning of the prayer if you wish.)
After twenty years of struggle I have made a little sense of this simple prayer. I know I cannot change another person, nor do I have the right to try. I cannot change the world. What I need is the courage to change myself. I am the only thing in this cosmos I can truly change. That is immensely difficult to accept, and even more difficult to make meaningful progress in. All a good guy can do is try.
The only thing you can change is you
Everything else you try to change
Is either impossible, meaningless, or strange
The good thing is that when you change you
The world and everything in it changes too
words and picture by jack collier