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    The Serenity Prayer

    by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | July 12th, 2020

    The Serenity Prayer

    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

    Courage to change the things I can;


    Wisdom to know the difference.

    Growing up, we had this prayer framed and hanging on the wall in our dining room. It did not mean a lot to me as a child. I would read it while eating and not think much of it. Now as an adult especially during this time of uncertainty, I find myself reciting this prayer daily.

    Here are some of the things I cannot change:

    • COVID 19 is here and I do not know when it will be eradicated in the United States.
    • I have no control over other people’s actions – there are people that will continue to have parties not wear mask and will travel anywhere they want to.
    • I cannot read minds – if you do not tell me what’s on your mind, I will not know.

    Here are the things I can change:

    • I can wear a face covering when I am in public.
    • I can keep social distancing.
    • I can do a “stay”-cation instead of a vacation.
    • I can finish all the home projects that I have put off for years.
    • I can exercise.
    • I can meditate.
    • I can cook more.
    • I can catch up with friends by calling them on the telephone instead of texting.
    • I can share information – for all who have children ages 2- 18 years old – Khan Academy is available for free. It is an excellent program to keep children engaged and to make sure they do not fall behind in academics.
    • I can make sure that my inner circle has completed the census and has registered to vote.

    Yes, there is more, but I will stop here.  I would urge each of you to reflect on this prayer and make your own list. You will find that you have more control that you think you have.

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