Thursday, May 7, 2009

Stressed? I wonder why.

I'm reading (skimming while nursing) a book entitled, "The Now Habit: A strategic program for overcoming procrastination and enjoying guilt-free play" by Neil Fiore, Ph.D..

Today when I picked up the book my eyes fell on the stress prayer. You may be familiar with the serenity prayer? (Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. - Reinhold Niebuhr)

Stress Prayer: Grant me the stubborness to struggle against things I cannot change; the inertia to avoid work on my own behaviors and attitudes which I can change; and the foolishness to ignore the differences between external events beyond my control and my own controllable reactions. But most of all, grant me a contempt for my own human imperfection and the limits of human control.

Oh good heavens is that ever me. GAAAAAAAAAAAAAH. And I pray the serenity prayer while thinking the stress prayer. And again I say, GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.


  1. that stress prayer is so funny but sadly similar to what often goes on in my head. oh yes I know that feeling: contempt for my own human condition. Thank you God for not letting go of me!!!

  2. Hmmm, that is human nature. Glad we aren't completely responsible for the paths our lives take...Ultimately, we end up in a place where we really are out of our depths, and then God really is in control. Those are good times, surprisingly- it's the day-to-day stuff that wears us out- wanting to have everything line up. I can echo your thoughts, though.