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Saturday, September 29, 2012

When to Know to Let It Go

"Go with the Flow, or you'll Stub your Toe!"

Overheard this said today and just had to smile and file it in the back of my mind. What words of wisdom to just randomly blurt out.

The jist of the conversation was in how to deal with stress. Interesting how some people can let things sail right over them, and others have to do the count to 10 trick before daring to even speak.

We all know Murphy's Law:
"Whatever can go wrong will go wrong, and at the worst possible time, in the worst possible way."

Sounds like a very negative way to view life but we have to admit things usually don't go easy, at least not the first time around. Two steps forward, one step back. Maybe it is like that to force us to develop a sense of humor. Laughter is the best medicine and usually once a crisis is past it does become a great story.

Amazing how just about every culture has a version of the Serenity Prayer:

I suppose part of the difference between book learning intelligence and wisdom is that wisdom can only be gained by experience and observation.

Learning what is worth a raise in blood pressure and when to just let things alone is definitely a life lesson in maturity and wisdom.

Go with the flow, or you'll stub your toe. This guy must have "been there, done that" to have come up with such a statement.
There are times when we should plant our feet firmly and hold our ground and there are times when we should just let it go or end up with literal or emotional bruising from stumbling around.

So let us remember this guy's words of wisdom and add it to the important message behind this scribble:

 More information and a bit of humor about the Serenity Prayer:

The Serenity Prayer is most commonly attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr, a famous Protestant theologian known for his concern for social justice back in the 1940's.

God give us grace, to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things that should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

Longer version:
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.

Funny Versions: 

God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change
Courage to change the one I can change,
And wisdom to know it's me.
author unknown

God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
and the eyesight to tell the difference.
-author unknown