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.

2 comments:

  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!!!

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  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.

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