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.