In moments of stress or panic I often recite the Serenity Prayer:
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.
Did you know there was a second verse? It goes like this:
Living one day at a time
Enjoying one moment at a time
Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace,
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, and not as I would have it.
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His will.
That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next. AMEN.
Yes, it is little known and little prayed probably, but I find it really helpful to ‘ground’ me, to keep me in the moment.
Living One Day at a time – not over thinking things, worrying about the ‘what ifs’, or taking tomorrows concerns into today.
Enjoying One moment at a time – being in the present, being in the moment or as it is otherwise known – ‘mindfulness’. Enjoying, relishing the moment, breathing it in and out.
I was thinking of this in connection with all Christmas preparations, activities, gatherings etc. just to relax into them, enjoy them for what they are and not stress about the next thing.
There may be some things we do not like, for example shopping in warm, crowded shopping centers, but we can still take a moment to stop and breathe and look around. A moment of mindfulness, that this is what we are doing and not the other thing.
Christ has given us this moment, we are not promised the next. So enjoy. Enjoy the preparations, enjoy your times with friends, enjoy the cooking and decorating, enjoy the moment. Now that my children are grown and away, I regret all those missed moments when I was too busy, I miss those special moments with them now.
One moment could be a defining one in your life – you don’t want to miss it. That moment may be all you have of someone’s company. That moment may bring sweet blessing. That moment may be the one where you breathe deep and find your strength. That moment to stop and take stock. To take that moment to breathe calm, to take that moment to feel eternity near.
Life is made up of moments. Let us not waste them, neglect them or let them slide by without noticing.
Living One day at a time – enjoying one moment at a time.