Analysis Of Serenity Prayer For My Family

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Serenity Prayer for my Family The famous Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr reads, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” I chose this quote to start off my essay about self-discovery, after brainstorming and writing half an essay I came to a major writer’s block while trying to cope with a family upset this week. My sister delivered her baby at 26 weeks, facing a long road ahead of them. Our family is trying to find a way to comfort them through their dismay. We cannot plan for hard times like these, nor for the emotions felt over the last week, and as quoted above I accept that I can’t change the timing of all of this, but I can change the topic of my essay to something that I feel close to my heart at this time. I believe as we go through trials holding to the Serenity Prayer, accepting what we cannot change, having the courage to change what we can, and the wisdom to know the difference, we will find peace through the storm. Montaigne said, “Fear sometimes arises from want of judgment as well as from want of courage.” Going through life’s challenges some might think ignorance is bliss but to really experience life we must open our eyes. Montaigne continued by saying, “All the dangers I have seen, I have seen with open eyes, with my sight free, sound and entire; besides, it takes courage to be afraid” (368). In order to get through challenging times or new
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