Blog Posted:1/17/2012 11:50:00 AM
The competition about Serenity has made me think about whether I actually agree with the aspirations of this "prayer". I must say that I do not agree at all, and have written a parallel version, which shows what I do believe. If you are remotely interested, please comment on this parallel version and show me where I am wrong. I know there are some people out there who feel that the "prayer" is near ideal as a philosophy. Here goes with my version. . . .
UNDERPOWERED SERENE FRENZY
God, grant me
…..The sense to realize the list of things I cannot change,
Can be shortened rapidly
…. The spirit to try and change everything that needs changing
no matter how impossible it seems
And accept nothing less than genuine effort
…..And the gift of explaining to others
That “can and “cannot” are not absolute
measures of possibility.
For if everyone simply accepts their own limitations,
progress in this life
would be reduced to
handwringing and breast beating,
while the poor starve, the rich smile,
and the only hope is for the next life.
Ths is not what life should be , God