Unsettled or serene

“The only constant in life is change.” This is a theory attributed to a philosopher 2,500 years ago. I had to look up his name and just in case you can’t recall it either, his name is Heraclitus (and yes, he was Greek).

It’s a theory that seems to have stood to test of millennia – and that is because it is relevant.

In the south of the England in the last week, we have been experiencing big weather changes. – and it looks like we may have unsettled weather for a while to come.

Waking up one day, none of us would venture to change the weather – even if we utter the odd grouch about it! We know we need to accept it as we find it.

I am a natural ‘do-er’, task oriented and keen to make a difference. I find it easier to bring about change than accept things I cannot change. But in the last week I have needed to ‘let go’ of events happening that I am unable to influence but need to accept as they are, just like the weather.

I have used a well-known prayer – written about 90 years ago – by an American Reinhold Niebuhr and still relevant today. You will probably already know it, the beginning bit at least.

God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.


In the week that has passed and the week to come each of us will experience change of some kind, some which we can influence and some of which we can’t. It is inevitable.

Whatever the week has in store for you in terms of change, reflect on what you need to accept and what you need to influence. Being mindful opens up choices. And for me, opening my spirit to the wisdom of the one who created me is also a vital part of the journey.

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